In the past, I opted to have a tooth pulled instead of a root canal and a cap. It was a back tooth so I figured why waste money. No one can tell that the tooth is missing. I had an accident last month. I had some broken face bones and broken teeth. I had to get my face straightened out first. Now I am left with the teeth. I knew the damage was bad but I didn’t realize it was so bad that 2 of my teeth cannot be saved. I have a different dentist that I did when the tooth was pulled instead of capped. Now my new dentist is pushing teeth implants. Is it really a big deal to have a few missing teeth, especially in places that are not front teeth? Why not a bridge? I know that a bridge is cheaper and I have other priorities over my teeth. thanks for your feedback. – Luke
Luke – Missing teeth is a big deal. Jawbone shrinks in the space where teeth are missing (this process is called resorption), other teeth begin to shift, and your bite (the way your teeth fit together) and digestion can be affected. Depending on the location of the missing teeth, the jawbone shrinkage that occurs can change your facial appearance.
A dental implant stimulates jawbone and prevents shrinkage. Adjacent teeth will stay in the correct position, and won’t detract from your smile and your bite. If your teeth can’t be saved, replacing them with dental implants is the best option for your oral health.
A dental bridge is a form of tooth replacement that can restore your smile, but it won’t prevent jawbone shrinkage. While dental implants can last a lifetime, depending on your age, a dental bridge may need to be replaced several times during your lifetime. We suggest that you discuss your options with your dentist before you make a final decision. You can also consider getting a second opinion with a skilled cosmetic and implant dentist to discuss your options.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.