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Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth

A missing tooth can affect your confidence in your smile, making you feel self-conscious. However, missing teeth are much more than just a cosmetic issue.

Missing teeth can seriously impact the health of your mouth. Although replacing a missing tooth is not inexpensive, the costs related to not fixing it can be far greater. Dentists Marcus Higgins and Linda White at Higgins Dental in Jacksonville Florida, offer this helpful information about missing teeth and how to fix them. 

Causes of missing teeth

According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between ages 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth, a huge problem for their oral health. 

Among the most common causes of missing teeth include the following:

Problems caused by missing teeth

Having one or more missing teeth affects much more than your confidence and the way you look. Other problems caused by missing teeth can include the following:

Solutions for missing teeth

The best and most natural-looking solution for replacing a missing tooth is a dental implant. The process for getting a dental implant is similar to that of a crown, but an implant should be practically indistinguishable from a natural tooth. If you are generally healthy and do not have gum disease, you may be a good candidate for dental implants.

A bridge is another solution to a missing tooth. To replace the missing tooth, the two teeth on each side will be filed down and a permanent replacement will cover all three teeth. 

Dentures can also replace missing teeth. This is often the most affordable solution, but it’s also the least permanent. Dentures are removable and may have to be replaced. However, they can be a good alternative for those who are not good candidates for dental implants or bridges.

If you have missing teeth, don’t wait another day to look for a replacement. The health of your mouth depends on having healthy and intact teeth. Call Higgins Dental today or request an appointment online.

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