When missing a tooth or teeth, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Left untreated, several other issues can develop such as tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. France Chevalier, a skilled dentist in Ottawa, ON, knows the risks of missing teeth. She can explain the potential overall cost to your health if the condition is untreated. The doctor and our team can also provide treatments such as dental bridges, dentures, and dental implants to restore missing teeth.
Understanding the risk of bone loss
The force of chewing, transferred through the tooth roots, stimulates the bone. However, when a tooth is missing, the bone can begin to shrink during a process called resorption. The gum, which covers the bone, can also shrink. This increases the risk for food to become trapped under adjacent teeth.
Understanding the risk of drifting teeth
When there is a gap left by a missing tooth, adjacent teeth may lean into the empty space. This can cause other teeth to shift out of place. It can be more difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Drifting teeth can also lead to malocclusion and affect the appearance of the face and smile.
Learning about treatment options
Dr. Chevalier provides multiple treatments to restore health and beauty to the smile. She provides dental bridges, which contain an artificial tooth attached to dental crowns. Dentures can be ideal for partial to complete tooth loss. You can choose from partial, full, or implant retained dentures, depending on your needs and desires.
Dental implants are another solution to restore one to several missing teeth. During an oral surgery, Dr. Chevalier gently places the implant into the jawbone. Over time, the implant fuses to the bone during a process called osseointegration. After the jawbone has healed, she completes the restoration with the placement of a dental crown.
There is no good reason to live with tooth loss. There are multiple risks when the condition is untreated. Dr. Chevalier will be happy to talk with you further about your options. Schedule a consultation appointment with her by calling our friendly and compassionate team at +1 (613) 233-1118 today.
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