How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health

Do you have single or multiple lost permanent teeth? Are your missing teeth making it difficult for you to eat or speak properly? Dr. Pamela Cain can help. Missing teeth are not only an aesthetic problem. Patients with even one single lost tooth are more prone to developing problems with the comfort and function of their smiles. Dr. Cain offers restorative treatments for patients with missing teeth in Knoxville, TN. With her dental team, Dr. Cain can customize treatment to alleviate dental problems caused by lost teeth.

Missing Teeth in Knoxville, Tennessee

Missing Teeth Problems in Knoxville, TN

There are multiple problems that patients can address when they replace their missing teeth:

  • Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: Patients with missing teeth may be at more risk of developing cavities or gum disease. Harmful bacteria can collect in the tooth sockets and irritate the remaining natural teeth and gum tissue. Some patients who have missing teeth as a result of a severe dental or gum infection may experience additional tooth loss. We recommend that patients visit our office so we can remove bacterial buildup and reverse bone and gum loss as a result of a dental infection.
  • TMD: Missing teeth are also a risk factor for patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). The temporomandibular joints connect the skull and the jaw bone. If these joints are under pressure due to an uneven bite, they can cause chronic headaches, teeth grinding, and jaw popping and clicking. Missing teeth are uncomfortable for many patients to live with because of these problems. Restoring lost teeth helps stop TMD symptoms and creates a more even and healthier bite.
  • Nutrition: There is also a link between missing. teeth and nutrition. One or more missing teeth can make it difficult for patients to bite and chew. Because of this, many patients are not able to eat the foods they once loved. Patients missing their permanent teeth will require supplements or vitamins if they do not have a secure restoration. Replacing lost teeth creates a stable bite so patients can eat without dietary restrictions.

How Dental Implants Support Missing Teeth

Dental implants are the gold standard to replace one or more lost teeth. Implants are titanium screws that we place below the gums and in the jaw bone. Over time, the implant posts fuse with the jaw bone to create a stable foundation for dental restoration. Patients may need to replace or repair their restoration, but their implants will stay a part of their smiles. Implants allow patients to smile confidently and restore the full function of their teeth. Additionally, our dental office works with local dental labs to create implant-supported restorations that look and feel natural.

Restore Missing Teeth Today

Do you want to know more about your restorative dental options? Are you ready to replace your missing teeth? Schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Cain on our website. If you are a new patient, call (865) 276-7173. Current patients can contact us at (865) 246-0460. We welcome you to ask us any remaining questions you may have about treatment.