There are a lot of reasons why someone might lose a tooth. Whatever the reason, you may wonder: do I need to replace it? Missing teeth can be a cosmetic issue for many people, but replacements can also seem cost-prohibitive. In fact, replacing missing teeth is very important for maintaining the health of your mouth.
Health Risks of Missing Teeth
Losing a tooth isn’t necessarily dangerous in itself, but it can have a major impact on the rest of your mouth. Losing even one tooth can put the rest of your teeth at increased risk of decay and disease. The new space can allow your teeth to shift, causing changes in your bite and malocclusion. This can lead to increased tension and pain in your head, neck, and even shoulders. Without the roots of the teeth to stimulate the bones of your jaw, bone loss can result. Bone loss can compromise the integrity of your jaw and even allow your other teeth to loosen. It is therefore important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible.
Modern patients are lucky – there are many options available to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Ryan O’Malley can discuss the available options with you to choose one that is best for your situation and budget.
- Dentures and Partials
- Dentures are the tried-and-true workhorse of tooth replacement. They work best for patients that have lost most of all of a row of teeth. Traditional dentures are removable to allow for daily cleaning and maintenance. We also offer implant-supported dentures, a more permanent option that can allow you to speak and eat with comfort and confidence.
- Dental Bridge
- Dental bridges are suitable for replacing a single tooth or several consecutive teeth. The bridge is supported by crowns placed over the adjacent teeth, making it permanent and sturdy. Dr. O’Malley also offers implant-supported bridges, the best option for a comfortable and natural look.
- Dental Implants
- Dental implants individually replace teeth for the most natural look and function available. They are secured at the root, so also stabilize the jaw and prevent bone loss. For most patients, we recommend implants as the highest standard of tooth replacement.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth, consider O’Malley Dental in Simpsonville, SC. Dr. O’Malley will be happy to help you restore your smile to its best look and functionality. To schedule a consultation, contact out office online or at 864-962-7672.