If you are missing one or more teeth and think that you can get along fine without them, keep in mind the old adage “nature abhors a vacuum.” If missing teeth are not replaced with a bridge or implant, the teeth adjacent to the open space(s) will shift out of their normal positions and fill in the empty spaces on their own. Moreover, the corresponding teeth in the opposing jaw will begin to protrude, because there are no biting forces holding them down. As a result of all these unchecked movements, missing teeth can lead to chewing problems and looseness of remaining teeth. Instead, work with the dentist to develop a plan to replace missing teeth before further problems arise.
The management of missing teeth varies on a case-by-case basis. At DISTINCTIVE SMILES OF DUBLIN, we can help you and your family experience dental excellence by trusted, caring professionals. Our approach to dentistry is comprehensive; we concentrate on the whole individual, not just teeth. Our ultimate goal is to ensure continued good health for you and your family. Let us help you make the decision that is right for those special dental needs. We’re located at 5142 Blazer Parkway, Dublin. Please call 614.792.1800 to schedule an appointment. Creating Healthy Beautiful Smiles.
P.S. While a bridge may cost less than a dental implant, implants provide greater value, have a more natural look and feel, and require no preparation of surrounding teeth.