Dentist Ithaca FAQS: Replacing Missing Teeth

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One or more missing teeth can have many negative impacts on your health. Besides lowering your self-esteem due to the aesthetic side-effects, missing teeth can cause great damage to your overall oral health. Replacing a lost tooth or several missing teeth is possible and is highly recommended by Ithaca dentist Dr. Comisi. Regain your beautiful smile by taking advantage of one of the many procedures available to replace your missing teeth.

 

What causes tooth loss?

That’s not an easy answer as several factors can come into play. Whether it’s from trauma from a fall or sports injury or advanced gum disease, there are many ways someone can have a new gap in their smile.

 

Does it really negatively affect my health that much?

Yes. When you’re missing a tooth, you’re creating an empty socket in your jawbone. Over time, your other teeth will start to gravitate to the open area, causing alignment issues. Since the structure of your jawbone is now compromised, your jawbone density can decrease, leading to facial collapse. You also may lose the ability to eat your favorite foods. Each missing tooth is said to decrease your biting power by 10%. You may need to alter your diet, forgoing harder foods.

 

How can you replace your missing teeth?

Two typical treatments are dental bridges and dental implants.

 

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge can replace one or more teeth in a row. Crowns are placed on the teeth surrounding the gap to create an anchor to hold the artificial teeth in place in the open sockets. You can read more about dental bridges on our dental bridge page.

 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are titanium supports that are surgically fused into your jawbone to resemble the exact look and function of a natural tooth.  Dental implants last a lifetime and are becoming more and more popular. You can read more about dental implants on our dental implant page.

 

To qualify for dental implants, you must have healthy gum tissue and an adequate amount of healthy bone tissue to support the implant.

 

For a consultation on how you can replace your missing tooth (or teeth), call your Ithaca dentist Dr. Comisi today at (607) 272-3433 or Click Here to request an appointment today!