Missing one or more teeth can affect the way you speak, the way you eat, and can have a drastic effect on the shape of your face as well. Envision your great-grandma without her dentures. Without the support of those teeth, her mouth collapses into itself and part of her face shrinks. Now imagine her popping in those dentures and seeing her face fill out and many of those wrinkles disappearing.
When any teeth are missing… the remaining teeth often shift and can also change the shape of your face over time. Bone loss can also occur around the spot of that missing tooth. However, there are several options that can fix many of these issues.
- Dental Implants. These are typically the most sought after solution. Results are almost immediate and these implants are durable and most similar to your natural teeth. Dental implants are also usually better for general oral health since they don’t have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.
- Bridges. These are typically anchored to your adjacent teeth and vary depending on the number of teeth missing and the place where those gaps occur. It also depends on the adjacent teeth and their ability to support a bridge. There are a variety of bridge options and Dr. Knudson has the experience to recognize the proven reliability of which bridge will be the best fit for you.
- Dentures. These are usually considered the best option for those who have lost all or most of your teeth.
Every case is unique and Dr. Knudson knows the benefits for each and will guide you through to make the best personal decision depending on your own individual smile.