It is recommended that missing teeth be replaced as soon as possible. Why? Well, there are several reasons starting from the fact that the gap created by a missing tooth destabilizes all the remaining teeth causing them to move out of their normal positions. Teeth adjacent to gap tend to tilt towards the gap giving rise to gum infections etc.
Missing teeth also lead to a change in chewing styles to adjust to the missing tooth, a fact that disturbs the normal occlusion which adversely affects the Tempero-Mandibular joint (the joint near your ear that allows you to open and close your mouth) giving rise to headaches, neck aches and sometimes even fracturing of healthy teeth that are taking all the chewing burden of missing teeth.
Also, a tooth extraction can cause premature ageing
However, NOT ALL MISSING TEETH NEED TO BE REPLACED especially wisdom teeth. The decision for replacement is best made by your dentist. The common methods of replacing missing teeth are:
A. DENTAL IMPLANTS:
This is the latest and most effective way of permanently replacing missing teeth with excellent aesthetic results. It is also the only option to prevent facial bone loss and hence premature ageing.
A dental implant is a titanium coated screw-shaped prosthesis that is placed into the bone to serve as a pseudo-root that holds a manufactured crown (tooth) above the bone. Essentially it replicates the parts of a natural tooth,
B. FIXED BRIDGES:
Fixed bridge is a popular and less expensive method of replacing missing teeth especially for those patients who are not eligible for dental implants. The word ‘bridge’ is a giveaway in describing this prosthesis whereby teeth adjacent to the missing gap are used to anchor the two ends of the dental bridge.
C. REMOVABLE DENTURE:
Dentures have been around for many years but their popularity as a replacement for missing teeth is declining in the face of newer technologies. A denture (often called false teeth) is a removable prosthesis made up of a plastic or sometimes metal plate with plastic teeth which is held in the mouth by the suction power of your gums or sometimes with metallic wire clasps around existing teeth.