Missing a Tooth? It’s More Common Than You Think

Missing a Tooth? It’s More Common Than You Think

Mar 28, 2018

When you’re missing a tooth it may feel like you’re the only one in the world. A missing tooth can make you feel extremely self-conscious.

But, you’re not alone.

The average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth, according to the American Dental Association.

At Millennium Smiles in Frisco, Dr. Dunia Korous provides several options for replacing missing teeth, and most often recommends dental implants.

What are the impacts of having missing teeth?

A gap between your teeth will likely affect how you speak or eat. Even if a missing tooth is not visible when you smile, it could still be impacting how you chew.

Your remaining healthy teeth may begin to shift over time. You could also experience bone loss around a missing tooth.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into your jaw bone, replacing the root of a missing tooth.

A custom made dental crown is then placed on the post to complete the procedure.

Your dental implant will function exactly like a real tooth, making it easy to eat, drink, floss and brush like you normally would.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Compared to bridges and dentures, an implant is the most similar to your natural tooth. Other benefits of dental implants include:

  • Improved bone and gum health as compared to alternative restorations
  • Avoids degradation of healthy teeth like what would be needed for a bridge
  • Improves appearance of smile and lower face
  • Patients can enjoy a healthy diet without restrictions
  • No worry of slippage or dentures “falling out”

If you have a missing tooth, schedule a visit today or call us at 972-987-4899 to schedule an appointment so Dr. Korous can review your treatment options and determine if an implant is right for you.