November 4, 2019
If you’ve grown up wondering why your missing permanent tooth never came in, feel free to join the nearly 20% of adults who have asked the same question. Depending on its location, this may or may not impact your self-esteem, but it can most certainly affect your oral health. If you’re tired of feeling and seeing the gap in your smile and want to do something about it, check out these 3 ways you can replace your missing tooth and regain your confidence.
Missing Permanent Teeth: Why They Never Erupted
Known as congenitally missing teeth, the lateral incisors or second premolars are those that most commonly do not erupt in individuals with this type of disorder. If you are one of the many individuals who have this genetic condition, don’t be surprised if you’re missing more than one tooth. As a result, your natural teeth can be negatively impacted over time.
When gaps exist within an arch, the natural teeth will begin to shift in an effort to close the space. Unfortunately, this can lead to bite misalignment and other orthodontic problems as well as changes in facial appearance, bone loss, and additional tooth loss.
After a thorough examination, your dentist may diagnose you as having ectodermal dysplasia but other genetic disorders that can lead to missing teeth also include Down Syndrome and a cleft lip or palate.
3 Ways to Replace Missing Teeth
No matter if the missing tooth is in the front or back of your smile, it’s important that it be replaced in a timely manner. While there are many ways you can achieve a full, complete smile, here are 3 options for tooth replacement:
- Dental Implants: Using titanium posts, your dentist can surgically place one or multiple implants into your jawbone, giving you a more stable and functional smile. Implants are not only a longer-lasting restoration, but they improve your oral health by replacing the tooth root and continuing to stimulate the jawbone.
- Dental Bridge: If you’re missing one or more consecutive teeth, your dentist can use the natural teeth living on either side of the gap as anchors. Filing them down, dental crowns that are fused together to create a bridge will fit snugly over your natural teeth while the remaining crowns sit on top of your gums.
- Full or Partial Dentures: If surgical methods don’t sound like a viable option for you, there is hope in full or partial dentures. Whether you’re missing a few or all your natural teeth, your dental team can have a customized denture created to replace your missing teeth and restore your smile’s aesthetics. With full dentures, your natural suction will be used to hold them in place, while partial dentures require clasps or clips that are attached to your natural teeth to secure it.
It will be up to you and your dentist as to which method will work best for you. Each has its pros and cons, and depending on your priorities, you might find that one solution would be better for what you want and need. Don’t continue moving through life with an incomplete smile. Talk to your dentist about various treatment options today.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Pollard graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in biology before going on to obtain a DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry. Combining his passion for science and a desire to help others, he pursued a career in dentistry and has since worked to complete hundreds of hours of continuing education courses. In fact, he finished a 10-month, 320 hours, dental implant maxi-course with the Medical College of Georgia’s Dental School and passed the certification exam given by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Pollard and the team at Dental Renaissance work to restore smiles and increase confidence with various methods of treatment, including dental implants. To learn more, contact us via our website or by calling (972) 423-0880.
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