Missing teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, including tooth decay, gum disease, trauma or injury, congenital defects, and age.
The consequences of missing teeth include difficulty eating and speaking, changes in facial appearance, shifting of remaining teeth, and an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. They are a permanent solution for missing teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Dentures are removable appliances that are used to replace missing teeth. They can be partial or full, and are usually made of acrylic resin or porcelain.
Bridges are fixed appliances that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are anchored to adjacent teeth or dental implants and can provide a natural-looking and functional solution for missing teeth.
The length of the dental implant process can vary depending on the individual case. It typically involves several appointments over the course of several months, including a consultation, implant placement surgery, and the placement of the replacement tooth or bridge.
You should care for your dental implants, dentures, or bridges just like you would care for your natural teeth, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist may also recommend special products or techniques for caring for your specific appliance.
While some causes of missing teeth, such as age and congenital defects, cannot be prevented, others, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can be prevented through good oral hygiene habits and regular dental check-ups and cleanings.