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Missing Tooth? Don't Wait to Fill In the Gaps

Missing Tooth? Don't Wait to Fill In the Gaps

You can lose a tooth for many reasons, from damage to decay. If you’ve experienced recent tooth loss or tooth extraction, it’s not a good idea to wait long to start looking at your dental restoration options. Losing a tooth can create real oral health care problems — more than you might realize.

At CaliDental, our team of implant, cosmetic, and general dentists help with effective dental restoration treatment options. With our help, patients from around the California Central Coast can avoid the negative impacts of tooth loss.

We provide gentle, effective dental restoration treatment, including dental implants, from offices in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California. If you’ve recently gained a gap in your smile, talk to our team about your dental and oral health care needs.

When you have lost a tooth

Losing a tooth can create a problematic gap in your bite. You might find chewing, speaking, and even smiling with confidence increasingly challenging after tooth loss.

That’s not all. Even if a lost or missing tooth isn’t visible or doesn’t make it too difficult to eat, you could be looking at long-term complications related to a missing tooth.

Your mouth isn’t made up of separate parts. Instead, your whole upper and lower teeth, jawbone, and oral tissues function interactively. Losing a tooth impacts other aspects of your oral health, as well.

Long-term complications of tooth loss

Maintaining good oral hygiene gets challenging with a gap left by a missing tooth. It’s harder to clean the area between your remaining teeth, and that gap is an easy place for debris and harmful bacteria to accumulate.

You can also start to experience lasting changes to your oral structure. Your other remaining teeth can drift out of alignment without the correct pressure from a full arch. That means you could find yourself needing to have multiple remaining teeth treated in the future as a result of a single tooth loss in the past.

And, your jawbone needs the natural pressure and stimulation that comes with the presence of an intact, healthy tooth root. An untreated gap in your upper or lower arches means that, over time, your jawbone can start to deteriorate. Jawbone tissue loss will only accelerate once breakdown begins.

Dental restoration treatment options

Instead of letting yourself fall victim to these consequences and complications of tooth loss, explore your options for dental restoration with CaliDental. Bridges and oral implants are some of the treatments our providers most commonly recommend.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge fills in the gap left by a missing tooth. Dental bridges attach to neighboring teeth on either side of a tooth gap. Bridges can be made removable or permanent and are an effective way to restore your bite.

Dental implants

Dental implants — the gold standard for dental restoration — use a surgically-implanted metal post to replicate a tooth root, stimulating your jawbone and anchoring your dental prosthesis. Dental implants look, work, and feel like natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.

For more information on treating tooth loss, contact the CaliDental team today by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

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