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One Missing Tooth is Not a Big Deal, Right?

Posted on 7/30/2017 by Sergio Ortegon
Ortegon Prosthodontics can help you with a missing tooth.
When you have a single missing tooth, it can be easily overlooked as no big deal. Just one little tooth missing from your smile isn't going to do much other than potentially look awkward, right? Unfortunately, that is not correct. Even a single missing tooth can cause a lot of damage in your mouth. If you have even one missing tooth, whether it is because of decay, an accidental trauma, or even needing to get it extracted for another reason, it can leave a lot of your teeth and your jaw feeling its effects.

How to Correct a Single Missing Tooth

A single missing tooth has quite a few options when it comes to correcting it. You can have a bridge put in place, which allows a crown to sit where your original tooth once sat. You can also opt for a dental implant. This acts just like your original tooth once did, and keeps your entire mouth healthier. You may want to also speak to your prosthodontist about getting a partial denture for that one tooth, as that may be the better option for you.

Damage That Can Come from a Single Missing Tooth

When you have a missing tooth, it affects the teeth around it. The other teeth can shift into the spot your original tooth once held, causing them to shift out of natural place which impacts how you bite and chew. The jaw bone beneath the missing tooth can also begin to reabsorb. This means that you lose out on bone quantity and quality, all from a single missing tooth.

For more options on what you can do with a missing tooth, or options on what you can do to restore full functionality to your mouth, ask your prosthodontist. They are the best ones to help! If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (832) 968-9108.
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