October 9, 2022
Missing an adult tooth can be worrisome. The great news is that the issue can be resolved and tackled with several options. You are not alone if you are missing a permanent tooth or two. A notable percentage of the world’s population often suffers from conditions like hypodontia, where one or more permanent teeth do not emerge. Other causes of missing teeth can be poor dental health, inherited ailment, genetic condition, gum disease, or injury.
Causes of a missing adult tooth
Gum disease – Periodontitis or gum disease leads to infection and will inevitably damagedamage the gum’s soft tissue. If left untreated, it may loosen one or more teeth and finally result in tooth loss.
Tooth decay – Cavities are a common cause of tooth loss. Tooth decay is a result of severely damaged tooth enamel. Improper teeth cleaning, bacteria in the mouth, plaque, and snacking on too much sugary or high-carb foods may cause tooth decay.
Injury – Traumatic dental injuries and tooth loss may result from sports or accidents.
Hypodontia – Hypodontia, also known as Congenitally missing teeth, is mainly inherited.
Besides impacting appearance and a toothy smile, missing teeth may have a wide-ranging effect on oral health. Avoiding treatment to replace missing teeth may pose a severe risk to your overall dental health. Missing teeth may affect speech, the ability to chew, damaged gum, weak jaw muscles, increased risk of developing cavities, and loss of self-confidence.
These are good reasons why a proficient dentist or an endodontist should be consulted to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. Dental implants are secured and anchored into the jawbone with screw-like devices.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants as a replacement for a missing tooth are not suitable for everyone. The right candidate for an implant is someone with good oral health, sufficient bone density, and strong gums or jaw bones. If this is not the case, other or additional options may be discussed at your dental appointment.
Benefits of dental implants
Dental implants are an innovative and reliable replacement for missing teeth. These implants mimic natural teeth and come with several long-term benefits. Dental implants last a lifetime, restore full chewing power, stabilize adjacent teeth, prevent bone loss and gum disease, and prevent facial sagging.
What is the procedure of a dental implant?
A dental implant is a surgical procedure where tooth roots are replaced with screw-like metal devices. They are fitted to the jawbone by drilling holes. A crown mimicking a natural tooth is fixed on top.
Maintenance and after-care tips for dental implants
Dental implants replicate natural teeth and need a proper dental cleaning. Rinsing the mouth regularly to keep food away from the surgery site helps in healing. Washing the mouth with warm salt water prevents bacterial growth. After a few days of surgery, regular brushing with standard toothpaste will keep the dental implants clean. The implant should not be purposely disturbed with the tongue. Smoking should be avoided to keep the mouth healthy and allow better healing.
Dental implants are prostheses and do not get affected by cavities like natural teeth. Regular teeth cleaning routines like brushing and flossing can be resumed once the surgery site has healed.
A dental bridge is, in essence, a false tooth cemented to fill the gap where a tooth is missing. A dental bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, or other materials.
There are four types of dental bridges.
A traditional dental bridge – A traditional dental bridge is the most popular dental bridge. It is used when there are two teeth present on either side of the missing tooth. The dental bridge or the false tooth is held in place by cementing dental crowns onto either side of the abutment teeth.
Cantilever dental bridge – Almost similar to a traditional dental bridge, in a cantilever bridge, the false tooth is held in place by cementing a dental crown to only one abutment tooth.
Maryland dental bridge – This tooth replacement mechanism is similar to the traditional dental bridge. Here, instead of cementing, the false tooth is bonded with a metal or porcelain framework to the back of the two adjacent teeth.
An implant-supported dental bridge – As the name suggests, this type of dental bridge is fixed with dental implants. It is a surgical procedure and, in most cases, requires two surgeries.
Why do you need a dental bridge?
When a tooth or few teeth are missing from the mouth, it can disrupt the working of the entire dental setup. A dental bridge is one of the most common teeth replacement procedures that can help stabilize a broken or decayed tooth.
What are the advantages of dental bridges?
A dental bridge can address several issues resulting from missing teeth. It can restore chewing ability, prevent shifting of other teeth, prevent distorted speech and pronunciation, and restore the shape of the face.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Dental bridges have a great life span and can last from five to seven years, depending on regular professional dental cleaning and personal oral hygiene.
It is easy to take care of a dental bridge. Proper dental health care, timely professional teeth cleaning, and a healthy fiber-rich diet can help prevent tooth decay and keep dental bridges in good shape. Avoid chewy food and fibrous meat to prevent interference with dental bridges.
With many options available, replacing a missing tooth is not a problem. However, avoiding treatment can make things worse. Early treatment can save you from tooth-related trouble and restore your smile. Contact Torbram Dental today for more information!
August 19, 2018
Several advancements in dentistry over the last few decades have made it possible to preserve natural teeth for longer than before. Despite these improvements, tooth loss is still a common problem. In fact, at least 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth while another 35 million are living with complete tooth loss. To regain a complete smile, you now have several solutions available, including dentures and dental implants in Brampton. Your dentist will help to determine the best option to meet your needs.
December 4, 2017
Dental implants are fast becoming the most popular tooth replacement option as they replace both the roots and the crowns of lost teeth, delivering the most natural look, feel, and function. The one thing that keeps many patients from jumping right into a dental implant tooth replacement plan is the cost. While dental implant placement and restoration can be pricey on the front end, the result is a permanent tooth replacement solution. Keep reading to find out some important facts about the cost of dental implants.
September 23, 2016
If you are suffering from tooth loss, then a dental implant may be your best option for tooth replacement. Unlike other choices such as dentures or a crown and bridge that merely rest on top of your gums, a dental implant is surgically embedded in your jaw to provide a secure foundation for an eventual tooth restoration. To learn more about dental implants in Torbram, Ontario, schedule a consultation with Dr. Fava at Torbram Dental. With training and experience in surgery and anesthesia, Dr. Fava is uniquely qualified to perform implant surgery.
May 31, 2016
Congratulations on receiving the most innovative and successful tooth replacement option available to older teens and adults today. Of course, that’s the dental implant, comprised of a titanium screw, metal alloy post and realistic-looking and functioning dental crown. Most dental implant dentists see these restorations succeed and stay in place for decades. The devices look, feel and act just like real teeth–whether placed singly, in multiples, to support bridgework or to anchor full dentures that are either removable or fixed. (more…)
January 28, 2016
When you need any kind of restorative dentistry treatment, the main objective is to return your tooth or teeth to the most natural condition in terms of both appearance and function. If you happen to have missing teeth, then no other tooth replacement comes closer to nature than a dental implant. Where other tooth replacement options—bridgework, dentures and partials—rest on top of your gum tissue and replace on the visible portion of a tooth, a dental implant replaces the root, as well. As such, dental implants from Dr. Fava at Torbram Dental in Brampton, ON, will restore not only your smile, but your oral and general health, as well.
May 30, 2015
Dr. Vince Fava and the team at Torbram Dental make having a healthy, beautiful smile easy for every member of your family. Their wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with a full-service menu of dental care procedures to cover almost every need, results in an experience for our patients that can’t be matched. With a state-of-the-art dental office in Brampton, ON, Torbram Dental can keep problems from popping up, stop problems before they cause too much damage, and turn around highly damaged smiles.
October 15, 2014
Whether from decay or by injury, one tooth or more may be missing from your smile. You may be self-conscious of your missing teeth. Beyond that, however, the consequences can be detrimental to your oral health, as well as your general health. Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace those that are missing. With dental implants, the dentists at Torbram Dental—Dr. Vince Fava, Dr. Summer Al Maqdassy and Dr. Joseph Hasso— in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, can give you back your smile.
The Consequences of Missing Teeth
Dental Implants can prevent a number of the undesirable consequences of having one or more missing teeth. Obviously, there is the appearance of a missing tooth in your smile. But the possible repercussions don’t end there. Missing teeth may cause the shape of your face to change, leaving you with a more aged appearance. Likewise, one missing tooth can cause other teeth to shift, thereby changing your bite; that can lead to other problems such as teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. Missing teeth may cause the jawbone to deteriorate in the location where there is a missing tooth. Finally, missing teeth may actually increase the risk of cavities and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Dental Implants for Your Smile and Your Health
When you come to Torbram Dental for dental implants, you can be certain that you are receiving the finest care. Your dentist will first implant an anchor and post in your jawbone. The anchor functions much like the root of a tooth, holding the implant in place. The post extends out of the anchor and serves to hold your new tooth, or crown, in place. After giving your jaw a few months to heal and grow around the post, you’ll return to Torbram Dental for the crown. With the same brushing and flossing care you give your natural teeth, your dental implant will give you years of happy smiles!
Make an Appointment Today
If you think dental implants may solve the problem of your missing teeth, call the office Torbram Dental in Brampton, Ontario, CA. We’ll be happy to discuss your best options. Our office also serves patients in Georgetown, Woodbridge and Mississauga.