2017-09-07 / Guest Column

VIEWS ON DENTAL HEALTH

When You Lose Support
GARY S. RAFAL, D. D. S.

Is it really necessary to replace an adult’s missing teeth with a fixed bridge or partial denture? The answer is a definite YES! The reasons are quite simple .

When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth and the tooth that acts as a biting partner (above or below), lose the support, strength and stabilizing influence that the lost tooth once provided.

The remaining teeth will be subject to many problems, such as drifting, abnormally exposed decayprone areas and, worst of all, periodontal disease (The single largest cause of tooth loss in adults). The loss of just one tooth, if not replaced by a fixed bridge or partial denture, will ultimately cause the loss of more and more teeth. In many patients, it is only a matter of time until the destruction is complete. The dental arch was designed by nature to have a complete set of teeth—one helping and protecting the other. A dental appliance will help maintain this design.

From the office of Dr. Gary S. Rafal, 9915 Seaview Avenue. 718-763- 7799.

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