When a tooth is lost or is extracted, it may seem okay to leave the space open for a while, but it is actually very important to fill that space quickly. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, MAGD of Holmdel, NJ wants her patients to know why tooth replacement is so important and why it should be done sooner rather than later.
When a tooth is lost, the bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate. With the loss of a single tooth, this can cause the other teeth to shift towards that open space. This creates differences in biting and chewing. This can also introduce gaps between teeth which can catch debris and better collect bacteria. Also, if there is a tooth in the same spot on the opposite set of teeth, sometimes it can irritate and harm the gums in the open space since there is nothing to protect it.
In the case that multiple teeth are missing, the jaw can actually change shape, which will change facial structure. When most or all teeth are missing, facial muscles can begin to sag which makes a person appear older than they are.
Dr. Shah has several options here for replacement. Bridges are long-lasting and popular options. Implants and mini implants are able to last for a lifetime and are similar to having a real tooth with a root.
For a tooth replacement consultation, contact Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS, MAGD here at our Holmdel, NJ office. Call (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.