Image of a mouth with missing toothIf you have recently lost one or more teeth, why is it important to replace missing teeth?  Many of our patients at San Diego Prosthodontics have asked us this question.

To begin with, loss of teeth has an effect on your overall oral health and appearance.  Remaining teeth in your mouth will shift to fill in the empty spaces.  This can cause healthy teeth that are straight to move and become less stable.

Teeth stimulate and support the bone around them.  When they are missing, the bone where your teeth used to be can resorb or atrophy, and your gums may recede.  This can be a problem for adjacent teeth that can develop decay or plaque buildup.

Depending on the number of missing teeth and the location of the missing teeth, facial distortions can occur that may detract from your overall appearance.  This can cause an effect on your overall facial aesthetics.  Not only your smile can be affected, but you may experience an appearance of aging.  This can impact overall confidence.

There are several solutions to fix missing teeth.  Dental implants, bridges, and dentures can each provide a solution depending upon each patient’s unique situation.  Prosthodontists Dr. Recksiedler and Dr. Gulbransen are trained to offer all these options.  Let them examine your mouth and help you determine what the best solution is for you. Schedule your consult today!