PROBLEMS FACED WHEN YOU HAVE A MISSING TOOTH !!
Imagine not being able to eat your favorite food or not being able to deliver a confident smile when you need to? Missing tooth problems like these are more common among adults! Missing tooth is often the result of trauma or decayed teeth or a gum disease probably caused due to poor oral hygiene.
Missing teeth are like a“ hole in a perfect smile”! They can have an impact on the physical and psychological health of a patient.
Missing to problems include:
Difficulty in chewing – Missing tooth makes it difficult to chew .chewing can cause pain when the opposing teeth hit the space. This can cause the patient to eat less
Speech difficulties – Missing tooth can result in speech problems when there are the front teeth it leads to lisping speech.
Bone loss – Gums start receding and resulting in a bone loss on the area of problem
Shifting teeth – The adjacent teeth start shifting towards the missing space and the opposing tooth starts moving occlusally
Loss of confidence& Compromised mental health – Patients with a missing tooth lack the confidence to smile or talk comfortably. They usually purse their lips to hide their missing teeth.
Treatment options :
Dental implants – The best option of replacement of single or multiple missing teeth if there is adequate bone support and the patient has no medical complications like diabetes.
Dental bridges – This involves additional support from the adjacent teeth. Can be done in case of single or multiple missing teeth.
Removable dentures – last option of a replacement, as the dentures cause discomfort to the patient and the clasps used for retention might cause ulcers, the denture should b maintained
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