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Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth? 

Feb 6 2022

Suffering from a missing tooth or missing teeth can be embarrassing, interfere with your ability to eat or speak, and may leave you feeling self-conscious. However, whether or not you need to replace a missing tooth may depend on various factors. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, we provide missing tooth treatment options that look and feel great. Call us today to learn more. 

Causes of Missing Teeth

Common causes of missing teeth include:

  • Injury. One of the most common causes of missing teeth is acute injury, such as falling or being hit in the face with an object. 
  • Genetic factors. Some people are born with missing teeth as a result of genetic factors that lead to a condition called congenitally missing teeth. 
  • Tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to tooth loss. Tooth decay can usually be prevented with regular dentist visits and cleanings. 
  • Gum disease. Like tooth decay, gum disease is a common cause of missing teeth that can be prevented. Tooth decay and gum disease often occur simultaneously. 

Do I Need to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Whether or not you need to replace a missing tooth depends on various factors. Things that you may want to think about include:

  • The location of the missing tooth—is it towards the front of your mouth and therefore highly visible when you are talking or smiling?
  • Whether or not the missing tooth has impacted your ability to speak or chew food.
  • Whether the location of the missing tooth may put surrounding teeth at risk—when a tooth is missing, teeth in the surrounding area may be at an increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease. 

Tooth Replacement Options

Fortunately, there are many options for replacing a missing tooth. If you have missing teeth or a missing tooth, you might consider dental implants, a dental bridge, or partial dentures. The option that’s right for you will depend on the location of the missing tooth, the extent of the damage, the cause of the missing tooth and the health of your gums, and your personal preferences. 

Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today

If you have more questions about whether you need to replace a missing tooth or want to talk to a professional about your options, call Distinctive Dental Solutions directly. Our experienced dental professionals can answer all of your questions and will provide you with the level of attention you deserve. Reach out to us by phone or online today to learn more.

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