Usually, when you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can compromise your health, eating habits, speech and appearance. Missing teeth can affect your "bite" as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and can cause muscle pain in your jaws and headaches. Replacing missing teeth maintains the integrity of your facial structure and reduces the risk that the bone surrounding the previous tooth root will deteriorate or melt away.
The preferred method of tooth replacement is dental implant treatment. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
The good news is that, most of the time, replacing a missing tooth is not an emergency. You have time to consider what replacement option is best for you and to make an informed decision.
If you are missing one or more teeth and choose to have it or them replaced, several "old school" treatment options are available.