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What You Should Do If You Have a Single Missing Tooth

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Ankur Johri
What You Should Do If You Have a Single Missing ToothIf you have one tooth missing in your mouth, it can make a big difference in your periodontal health. You may not think that the lack of one tooth is any big deal, but it does make a difference. Read the following information to gain further insight on why this is true.

Why Missing a Tooth Is a Big Deal

If you have a gap in your smile, you need to fill the void to prevent problems with shifting and to maintain the proper bite alignment. Otherwise, you will have problems with eating or chewing, or may experience an issue with crowding. When crowding happens, it can make it difficult to clean your teeth properly, which only worsens the condition. Now that you know why a missing tooth is not good for your oral health and comfort, you need to have the problem corrected. So, how do you do this?

Solutions for Correcting a Missing Tooth

By speaking to us, you can find a solution to fill in the gap in your mouth and improve your bite and oral health. One of the ways this can be done is to add a fixed bridge. You can also have an implant and crown placed at the site. It just depends on the site and your current periodontal health. If you currently have gum disease, for example, we will need to treat that first before you can get an implant. Otherwise, it may be best to see about getting a tooth-supported fixed bridge. 

The main thing to keep in mind is to fill in the space. Remember – one single missing tooth can lead to several missing teeth. Therefore, it is important to treat any gum disease and fill in the gap as soon as possible. If you have a missing tooth or other periodontal concerns, give us a call. Set an appointment for a consultation and exam today.
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