Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

Is Tooth Loss a Chronic Health Condition?

Tooth Loss | Laser Dentistry

A chronic condition is defined as, "a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects."

While you may not have thought of a missing tooth as a chronic condition, it definitely is. In fact, without a replacement, you could actually be facing more tooth loss!

 

The Effects of a Missing Tooth

When you live with a missing tooth, there are daily challenges. Eating and chewing may be difficult, which causes your nutrition to suffer. Smiling and talking to others may feel embarrassing, which takes a toll on your confidence. You may not even realize that it's also affecting your oral health.

When you're missing a tooth, your healthy teeth begin to shift into the open space. This causes bite misalignment and puts your teeth at risk for fractures and damage. Without a root, your jawbone begins to resorb, or deteriorate, which eliminates support for nearby teeth and could result in more loss.

If you don't replace your tooth, you could be facing a chronic condition.

Tooth Replacement Options

If you find yourself dealing with a missing tooth, come talk to us. Dr. Clarke has options for restorative dentistry in Bradenton, FL that will replace your tooth and restore your confidence such as:

The best tooth replacement option that restores both your root and your tooth is a dental implant. A titanium post takes the place of your root and works to keep your bone stimulated, while a custom-designed porcelain crown restores your tooth.

Dental implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth by supporting dental prosthetics such as dental bridges, dentures, and partials. They offer a more secure fit for these appliances and better long-term outcomes by protecting the health of your bone.

Dr. Clarke can help you determine the best replacement option for your needs during a consultation. Don't let tooth loss hold you back from living any longer. Give our office a call today to schedule your consultation.