When we think of missing teeth, we often assume those teeth are missing due to damage or trauma. However, sometimes people are born without some of their teeth. In cases of congenitally missing teeth, it’s possible—and even advised—to replace the teeth with dental implants.
Why Replace Congenitally Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth are not terribly unusual. Some people have missing baby teeth, but then the permanent teeth arrive on schedule. Still others have missing permanent teeth, so when the baby tooth falls out, there is no permanent tooth to replace it. This leaves gaps where teeth should be, and can lead to long-term problems.
Any empty space left in the jaw, whether because a tooth is naturally missing or because it has been removed due to decay or trauma, allows the adjacent teeth to shift out of position. Teeth will naturally move, trying to fill these empty spaces. This moves them out of their proper position, and can cause misalignment. Some of the side effects of misalignment include:
• Severe wear and tear
• Persistent headaches
• Eventual tooth loss
To prevent these side effects, you should have these missing teeth replaced. The best form of tooth replacement is dental implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants replace the full tooth, from the root to the tooth surface. The root portion is made of titanium or a titanium alloy so that the jawbone will naturally bond to it. This not only ensures a secure foundation for your new teeth, but it also means your new tooth will help stimulate your jaw to keep growing over time. Implants are the only form of tooth replacement that is permanent, stationary, and completely natural-looking.
Whether your teeth are missing due to a genetic condition or because of decay, trauma, gum disease, or extensive wear and tear, dental implants provide the best possible form of replacement, providing you with a beautiful, functional new smile. Call our friendly team at 701-255-2467 to set up an appointment with Dr. Lassle and get started on your journey to a new smile!