PROBLEMS FACED WHEN YOU HAVE A MISSING TOOTH !!
being able to eat your favourite food or not being able to deliver a confident
smile when you need to ? Missing teeth problems like these are more common
among adults !
are often the result of trauma or decayed tooth or a gum disease probably
caused due to poor oral hygiene.
are like a“ hole in a perfect smile” ! They can have impact on 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 missing space. This can cause the patient to eat less
Speech difficulties – Missing tooth can result in speech problems when there is a missing front teeth it leads to lisping speech.
Bone loss – Gums start receding and resulting in bone loss on the area of missing tooth.
Shifting teeth – The adjacent teeth starts 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.
Treatment options for a missing tooth:
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 replacement, as the dentures cause discomfort to the patient and the clasps used for retention might cause ulcers, the denture should b maintained