As it turns out, adults missing teeth isn’t as uncommon as you might think. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. And, the Centers for Disease Control reported in 2011 that a quarter of Americans 65 and older were missing all of their teeth.
And while we’re quite sure you won’t like the look of your smile quite as much with missing teeth, that isn’t the biggest reason why you should get it fixed. There are many underlying health related side effects to having missing teeth.
Gaps left in your smile can cause your remaining teeth to drift and change your bite, making your jaw sore and possibly causing excessive wear to your other teeth. And because more of your gums are exposed when your teeth shift, you could be at higher risk for gum disease because there are more places for plaque to build.
Fortunately, you have a few choices of how to fix this problem. We offer several different services to best suit your needs. You can get an implant, or you could opt for a dental bridge. Dental bridges range from fixed bridges to cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Your dentist will determine the kind of bridge based on your needs and condition.
Please believe us when we say that missing teeth is no reason to be ashamed. But, it is something is best dealt with sooner than later; for your oral and overall health. If you have a missing tooth issue, we at Jackson Center for Smiles are here to help. Contact us today to make an appointment, and get on the road to a happy and healthy mouth, with our many corrective options.