The first thing most people notice when they look at you is your smile, and missing one or more teeth can make you self-conscious when you’re smiling, speaking or even eating.
The health effects of missing one or more teeth go beyond aesthetics and can negatively impact your whole body, potentially making you susceptible to other serious health issues like stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
Alpen Dental dentists are professionals who focus on replacing missing teeth and restoring each smile. We understand how much tooth loss can damage one’s physical and emotional well-being, which is why we offer a wide selection of natural-looking alternatives that will help. Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, Alpen Dental dentists can use the solutions outlined below to help you regain your teeth and self-confidence.
Common Causes of Missing Teeth
Some of the most common reasons for missing teeth are:
- Dental injuries and accidents
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Wear and tear
- Genetic disorders
Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?
Over time, missing teeth can wreak havoc on your overall health and well-being. Firstly, one or more missing teeth can lead to tooth decay and can also contribute to the advancement of gum disease, which, in turn, deteriorates oral health, eventually leading to the loss of more teeth.
In terms of aesthetics, one missing tooth can cause an imbalance in your jawbone area. To restore balance, your other teeth may begin to slowly move toward the gap to try to fill it in. The result is a crooked mouth, and if this process continues, you may eventually lose your ability to smile, speak and eat properly.
Dental Care for Missing Teeth
The good news is that there are many ways to replace missing teeth. Bridges, dentures, partial dentures and dental implants are all treatment options that can:
- Restore your beautiful smile
- Recover your missing teeth
- Help you overcome the effects of tooth loss
If you’re missing one, a few or almost all of your teeth, a dental bridge is one of the easiest solutions to fill in the gap and help you reclaim your smile and confidence.
Two dental crowns will be placed on either side of your missing teeth. These crowns will act as an anchor to prosthetic teeth that will be installed to fill the gap. Bridges prevent the other teeth from shifting out of place. Aside from that, they’re aesthetically pleasing and can help preserve the alignment of your jaw, allowing you to smile, talk and eat confidently again.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
If you have more than one missing tooth, everything from your food choices to how you talk can be affected. A well-made denture can restore all this in one sweep. Whether you’re missing only one tooth or a whole set, Alpen Dental dentists can custom-make prosthetics that look and feel just like your natural teeth. And you have the option of choosing either removable dentures for convenience purposes or permanent dentures to enjoy the most durable and long-lasting solution available.
Dental implants are the most convenient and long-lasting solution to missing teeth. At Alpen Dental, we provide all-inclusive dental implants so that you can rebuild your smile in the most efficient way possible. They’re stable and more reliable than dentures.
Implants stay in place and will allow you to eat a full menu of healthy foods without worrying about your teeth being loose or falling out. Plus, they’re more comfortable than dentures and don’t exert unnecessary pressure on your gums.
Recover Your Smile and Confidence
With so many tooth replacement solutions to choose from, you have a variety of options when it comes to selecting the right treatment for your missing teeth. There’s no excuse to continue suffering from a crooked smile, inability to eat certain foods or other related health problems.
Fortunately, you don’t have to do this on your own. Our dentists at Blackfalds and Rimbey can walk you through the options that are ideal for your specific condition and recommend the tooth replacement solution for you. Whether you’re missing teeth because of an injury, an accident or some disease, you don’t have to suffer in silence. See what options we have for you at Alpen Dental.
Schedule a Consultation With Us Today
Our patients in the Blackfalds and Rimbey areas appreciate the fact that we actually listen, which is why we understand what they want and develop customized treatment plans for their missing teeth. Every phase of treatment will be guided by you, your condition and your expectations for recovery.
During your first exam, our professional dentists at Alpen Dental will evaluate your teeth, gums and supporting bone tissue. They’ll also look at how your teeth come into contact when you bite down (also called occlusion). They’ll take X-rays to provide a detailed diagnosis of your condition and devise the right treatment plan. We’ll then walk you through the entire process from start to finish so that you can get a clear picture of what the final result will look like.
If you’re missing one, a few or all of your teeth and you’re in the Blackfalds or Rimbey area, contact Alpen Dental to schedule an appointment today.