What Is Missing From Your Smile?
Your smile says a lot about your personality, whether you have a crooked grin or a brilliant show-stopper. When you feel too embarrassed to smile, people cannot get to know you as easily. Missing teeth is one of the most common reasons why people avoid smiling.
How Missing Teeth Affect Your Smile
When you have teeth that are missing, your smile feels somehow incomplete and not as effective in showing your happiness, humor, and joy in life’s everyday moments. If you have teeth missing from the back of your mouth, you may limit how broad your smile is to hide the gap. You may even look down so that people do not study your smile too closely. All of these responses send a message that you are not open to new friendships and experiences.
Just like your smile builds bridges to new relationships, a dental bridge fills in areas where you have one or more missing teeth. A bridge is comprised of two crowns that fit over the neighboring teeth and replacement teeth in between the two crowns. The teeth for your bridge are custom molded to your natural teeth.
Unlike dental bridges, implants are anchored directly into your jaw bone. The technique provides the greatest stability and ease of maintenance. Dental implants are considered a permanent solution for missing teeth, but the procedure can take several months to one year to complete.
If you do not have enough bone around your missing tooth, a partial denture is a good solution for missing teeth. These appliances are removable and customized to the shape and color of your natural teeth. Partial dentures are best for patients who have several missing teeth in one area.
Do You Have Missing Teeth that Keep You from Smiling? Contact Montefiore Dental.
If you have missing teeth and would like to improve your smile, or if you want to learn more about routine dental care, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and our other services, contact Montefiore Dental to schedule an appointment. You can also contact Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York, at (888) 700-6623.