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By Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center And Periodontics, LLC
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have ever lost a tooth, you may be aware of the consequences of a gap in your smile. From cosmetic to functionality problems, a dental implantsmissing tooth can cause a variety of unpleasant side effects which can cause permanent damage to your teeth and the surrounding tissues. Find out more about the hidden consequences of missing teeth with Dr. John Lu and Dr. Raul Figueroa at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ.

How does a missing tooth affect my smile? 
A missing tooth can cause several unpleasant situations to occur. Due to the gap, which may cause embarrassment or self-esteem issues, the surrounding teeth may shift since they have nothing holding them in place. This can cause gaps or other complications. Additionally, a missing tooth causes bone loss, a process called atrophy, which can lead to sagging facial skin, tooth loss, and other complications.

How can I prevent the effects of a missing tooth? 
Replacing a missing tooth can help avoid these issues, but preventing tooth loss in the first place can truly eliminate the effects of missing teeth. Be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss between each tooth at least once a day according to the American Dental Associations recommendations. Additionally, see your dentist at least twice a year for regular examinations and professional cleanings to help nip teeth decay and gum disease in the bud and prevent their negative effects from ever occurring. If you think you have a cavity, consult with your endodontist, who specializes in the tooth’s pulp, to ensure that your teeth remain in your mouth where they belong.

Teeth Replacement Options in Lawrenceville, NJ 
Replacing your missing teeth is possible with help from your dentist. Restorations like dental bridges can replace a missing tooth which lies between two healthy teeth. A bridge lies above the gumline to replace your missing tooth. A dental implant, which your dentist implants directly into the jawbone, replaces both a missing tooth and its root and is considered the gold standard of teeth replacement options.

For more information on missing teeth or tooth replacement options, please contact Dr. Lu and Dr. Figueroa at Lawrenceville Dental Implant Center and Periodontics in Lawrenceville, NJ. Call (609) 896-0700 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

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