When gum disease or bone deterioration leads to the loss of teeth, we have found that individuals have varied ways of addressing this issue. Several key considerations seem to be at the root of having any work done, whether it is restoration or replacements, and there are also a number of misconceptions that color the action people will take.
• Is it the loss of one tooth or multiple teeth?
• Do the lost teeth make a visible impact?
• Is there pain at the site of the lost tooth/teeth?
• Are there budget restraints for the individual?
Exploring the answers to each of these questions can help you make the best choices for your lifestyle and your continued oral health.
People who have lost a single tooth due to an accident, as opposed to multiple teeth to disease, are more prone to put off having any dental work done in order to correct the condition. There are often two lines of thinking that are behind this. The first is that an accidental loss just creates a gap with no further possibility of damage, and the second is that a single missing tooth will cause no further issue.
Both of these are misconceptions. Even one lost tooth is able to change the structure of the mouth and put stress on the jaw bone, which can affect the surrounding teeth. As well, a gap that has been created due to any cause can have an impact on the tissue of the gums. Food particles and bacteria may become trapped in this area, and can be more difficult to clean properly, which will lead to future issues and possible tooth loss. Any disruption to regular dentition should be addressed to avoid further problems.
Another factor of concern is the cosmetic impact of a missing tooth or teeth. Common lines of thinking are that if the gaps cannot be seen, then they will not interfere with lifestyle and health. The above issues with gum and jaw health apply here as well, but there are more than just visible concerns to missing teeth. These disruption can affect speech patterns, the ability to eat, and may cause pain through shifts in the jaw, and should be attended to.
Pain is often one of the greater motivating factors to having dental work done. Frequently, if there is not an immediate discomfort, people will be more likely to put off having the dental work addressed. The problem with this reasoning is that just because pain is not immediately felt, does not mean that changes in the spacing of the teeth will not result in later problems. These developing issues can also result in more extensive reconstruction and lasting deleterious impact on the jaw.
Financial concerns are always a determinant for dental work and any health care considerations. However, putting off having a problem addressed with speed can create larger costs over the long term. As well, the solutions to replacing a missing tooth have become easier and more cost effective to perform, especially with the use of dental implants, which can address the loss of one or more teeth.
Dental Implants of Long Island has emergency and scheduled service visits that can take care of oral health concerns. By examining our services, you can see not only how we can help you to immediately address problems with your teeth, but also how our consultations can look at long term dental concerns.
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