Helping our patients keep their teeth is our main focus at West Houston Dentistry. However, we realize that even under the best of circumstances, things happen where teeth are lost through no fault of the patient. When teeth are missing you are affected in many ways; some are subtle and some not so subtle. Depending on which teeth are missing your self-esteem and self-confidence may be eroded. Having wide gaps between teeth in your smile area can cause you to hide your smile. Some people stop smiling altogether because of the embarrassment of missing teeth. But that does not have to be the case with you.
Missing teeth can also cause other problems in your mouth. In addition to making your smile look unattractive, those gaps leave space for the neighboring teeth to shift out of position. Over time, this affects your appearance even further, but more importantly, it can also affect your health. As remaining teeth move out of place small gaps can form between your teeth. These gaps can turn into food traps. They are difficult to keep clean and therefore become susceptible to the buildup of a clear sticky substance called plaque. Plaque can harden into tartar and cause gum disease.
Filling in the large gaps caused by missing teeth whether with dentures or implants, not only restores the beauty of your smile, it also prevents the cascade of events that spaces between teeth can cause. You look better; you feel better. You also eat better since lost chewing surface is recovered.
Dental implants are particularly desirable when only one tooth needs to be replaced. They are also used to stabilize dentures. Dental implants are a permanent solution to restoring your smile. Dentures are also an answer. If all your teeth are missing on either the top or bottom or both, a full denture is recommended. When you still have teeth but some are missing a partial denture can make a huge difference.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to come to West Houston Dentistry and talk with us about the best options for your restorations. We want to get you smiling and eating well again.