Tooth decay, gum disease, injury, or even a genetic condition can cause a missing tooth.
Regardless of the underlying cause, this can affect your overall appearance and make it difficult for you to eat and speak.
Luckily, there are different treatments available. Read on to know more.
Missing Teeth? Now What?
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Many years ago there were not many
options to replace missing teeth.
George Washington was plagued
with dental issues most of his life.
If you Google ‘George Washington
wooden teeth’ you will see all kinds of
stories and even pictures of the
dentures that George Washington
wore (you can actually view the only
known set of Washington’s dentures
at a museum in Mount Vernon
Contrary to popular belief that his
teeth were made of wood, his
dentures were made up of human
teeth, several different metal alloys,
Ivory (suspected to be from
elephants) and maybe even teeth
from cows and horses.
Fortunately for us, in this day and
age, there are really safe and long-
lasting and attractive materials that
can make up for ailing and missing
The information here is designed to
help you decide what option is best
for you and will hopefully explain in
laymen’s terms the differences
between each option and the pros
and cons of each.
Dr. Strietzel will help guide you
through the process of deciding what
the best option is for your situation.
It is important to discuss the options
with your dentist as your dentist
brings a wealth of wisdom and
understanding and knows what
kinds of prosthetics will best suit the
conditions of your teeth, bone, and
When you have teeth extracted it
creates changes in your mouth.
While in some cases these changes
have minimal effects, in most cases
areas of missing teeth can create
complications to the teeth that were
near the extracted tooth as well as
the bone around it. Following are a
few of the complications:
When a tooth is lost, the bone tissue
that is under it begins to weaken.
This can lead to a misaligned jaw and
functional issues with the jaw.
When teeth shift it changes the bite.
It changes the way your top teeth
meet your bottom teeth, which could
potentially create a harder contact
where the surfaces come together.
The problem w