How Irregularly Spaced Teeth are at Risk for Breaking
A few different things happen when you lose your teeth. First, important functions, such as eating and speaking, become difficult. Second, your confidence may be negatively impacted as you take steps to hide your smile at every moment. The often-ignored symptom of missing teeth is a weakened jawbone. As a result, your jaw changes shape which can then cause your healthy teeth to shift. When your teeth shift, they have a greater chance of breaking. At Dallas Prosthodontics, it is our goal to provide you with solutions to keep your mouth strong and healthy. To protect your shifting teeth, we offer crowns and dental implants.
What Happens When Your Teeth Shift?
When your teeth shift, your bite is altered putting the remaining teeth at a greater risk of breaking. It also has a few other effects:
CrownsDental crowns are essentially “caps” that cover the entire visible portion of the teeth they are placed over. Crowns are meant to protect weakened or damaged teeth, preventing the need for tooth extraction. Because the crown covers the entire tooth, it holds it together, providing strength and protection from further damage as well as infection. Crowns are typically made out of ceramic, which helps to provide a more natural appearance. Metal crowns are another common option, known for their superior strength. The biggest advantage to crowns is that they allow your natural teeth to stay in place, which helps to maintain the integrity of your jaw.
Crowns can also be used to hold a fixed bridge in place. A bridge is a dental appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. False teeth are set between two crowns, which are placed over adjacent healthy teeth. A “bridge” over the gap left behind is created.
ImplantsImplants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed in your jaw. The rods act as anchors which will hold false teeth in place. The rods imitate the roots of your teeth, stimulating the jawbone and putting an end to jawbone deterioration, which then preserves your jaw. A strong jawbone means that your teeth are less likely to shift. The crowns placed on top, much like crowns used to cap natural teeth, are frequently made out of ceramic, which helps to provide you with a beautiful, natural smile. The crowns that fill the gaps left behind from missing teeth will help to keep your natural teeth in place. This means that your bite will not change, thus helping to keep your teeth protected and your mouth healthy.