Damaged or missing teeth can lead to various problems. Without a functional set of teeth, a person’s appearance, ability to speak clearly, as well as the way he eats will be affected. Loss of teeth or edentulism and damage to teeth occur for a variety of reasons, including periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay and trauma. Causes of trauma include motor accidents, falls and sporting injuries. Fortunately, the repair and replacement of damaged or missing teeth can be done with restorative dentistry including fillings, veneers, crowns (also known as caps), bridges,dentures and implants. The wider range of available options has made it easier for people to find a solution that matches their needs and budget. Find out more about this at Repair or Replace Damaged Teeth (New Straits Times, 10 September 2019).