Missing teeth have a significant impact on your oral health and function. Missing teeth affect your ability to smile, speak and eat. Your teeth also perform an important role in stimulating your supporting bone to keep it strong and healthy. This ensures that your teeth have a stable foundation. If you lose a tooth, we recommend that you replace it as soon as possible so that you can regain normal oral health and function before your remaining teeth can shift out of place or any other problems can occur.
There are several options available for replacing your missing teeth. These options include:
- Dental Implants — Dental implants consist of two main parts: an implant post and an implant restoration. The post replaces the tooth root, while the restoration caps the post to complete your treatment. The restoration may consist of a single crown, a bridge or a denture. Implants replace your entire tooth and are designed to provide you with a long-term solution which looks, feels and functions exactly like your original tooth.
- Dental Bridges — Bridges may be recommended to replace a single tooth or several teeth in a row. A dental bridge is anchored to the two teeth on either side of the gap using dental crowns and works to restore your bite and smile to full function. Bridges are a fixed, or non-removable, tooth replacement option.
- Dentures — Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option and are typically recommended to replace multiple teeth. Dentures may be used to replace many or all the teeth in a dental arch. There are two main types of dentures: complete dentures and partial dentures.
When you meet with our dentist, we will examine your mouth and discuss all of your treatment options with you so that you can choose the type of tooth replacement that is right for your needs.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about the benefits of replacing your missing teeth, contact our office today.