Have you ever dreamed that your teeth were falling out? You wake up in a cold sweat and run to the mirror to make sure you still have all of your pearly whites. Sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. This dream about tooth loss is one of the most common anxiety dreams reported. Experts have interpreted this dream to mean many things. Some of the most common theories are that this dream means you are feeling insecure or vulnerable, you feel a loss of control or you are worried about money and financial issues. Whatever the meaning, these dreams are no fun! That is because our teeth are vitally important to our daily life and dramatically affect our outward appearance.
Unfortunately, tooth loss is a reality for many people. Everyday, adults in the United States lose teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth infections, tooth decay, trauma and more. For these individuals, waking up does not make the nightmare go away. However, there is hope for those who have lost teeth. With today’s advances in dental technology and techniques, there are a number of attractive options for replacing missing teeth. The trick is to determine which method best suits your lifestyle and your budget. Your dental and medical history will also play a role in determining whether or not you are a candidate for certain tooth replacement options.
If you have lost just one or a few of your teeth, your options include a traditional dental bridge, a partial denture or a dental implant supported crown or bridge. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, you may want to consider full dentures, a full set of dental implant supported crowns or dental implant supported dentures. Your dentist will be able to go over each of these options with you to help you select the option that is best suited for your individual needs.
It is important to replace any missing teeth, regardless of which tooth replacement option you choose. Failure to do so can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place and can lead to serious dental health issues.
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