Missing teeth is one of the most common dental problems though widely it is actually considered as insignificant. But loss of teeth could lead to functional problems and cosmetic problems. The mechanism of chewing is compromised due to loss of teeth.
Immediately affected functionalities –
Dr. Sudhakar Reddy states that the following problems can arise when functional teeth are lost:
Dr. Sudhakar Reddy specially recommends the following procedures for missing tooth / teeth:
Dental implants an artificial tooth root is placed into the jaw and a replacement tooth is placed on the artificial tooth root. Natural teeth absorb approximately 540 lbs./sq. inch of biting pressure. Patients with dental implants can withstand 10% more.
Fixed bridges Fixed bridge restorations are crown and bridge procedures. The prosthetic crown caps a tooth restoring it to normal shape. They can be made of porcelain fused to metal substrates, metal and all-white restorative materials. A bridge is attached to protect weak teeth from breaking.
Dentures Dentures can be removable partial dentures or removable complete dentures. These appliances are an economical option compared to other dental restorative procedures. They consist of clasps that can be attached to the jaw and detached when not required.
Authored By DR. SUDHAKARA REDDY - Implantologist, Bangalore