Dr. Jacob Grapevine helps patients restore their smiles in his Plano, Texas dental office. If you are missing one or more teeth, his dental restorations can protect your teeth and gums from future dental problems. Call Dr. Grapevine today at (972) 268-6480 for restorative care. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Grapevine online. But why should you replace missing teeth, and what are the best restorations for lost teeth? Learn more about your options below:
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can impact the health of your jawbone and gums, as well as the stability of your remaining teeth and the balance of your bite. Filling the gaps in your smile contributes to the long-term health of your oral health and overall health. Gaps in your smile can cause jaw bone deterioration. But healthy tooth roots stimulate new bone tissue to grow.
Without these roots, the tissue begins to deteriorate and the remaining teeth can move and overcrowd. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can increase your chance of developing dental issues down the road. Teeth can also become overcrowded as the mouth shrinks. Crooked and overcrowded teeth are difficult to clean, which puts patients at risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
How to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants are a long-lasting treatment that restores the look and function of teeth. Implants allow patients to smile, talk, and chew confidently. Because dental implants replace teeth at the root, they stimulate your jawbone tissue to grow new tissue. New tissue stabilizes the implant and surrounding teeth and prevents the jaw from shrinking.
Removable dentures or dental bridges require replacements and repairs every few years. Dentures need to be removed for cleaning and then placed back on the gums using an adhesive. This restoration can fall out or slip since it is not secure in the mouth. Dental bridges require adjacent teeth that are healthy enough to be altered for a dental crown
Dentures and bridges are more effective when they are secured with dental implants. Implants ensure that patients can replace multiple missing teeth or whole arches of missing teeth comfortably.