A missing tooth can cause dramatic changes in the appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can cause several problems, whether they are a consequence of injury, gum disease, severe tooth decay, or a genetic condition. Dr. Stephen Denny's experience in restorative dentistry allows him to provide solutions for every situation.
What Are the Drawbacks of Having Missing Teeth?
- The missing teeth can cause difficulty in chewing and biting and may lead to undernourishment.
- The missing front teeth can be very distressing, leading to a loss of confidence in an individual.
- The gap left by the missing tooth may weaken other teeth by making them move from their original positions, possibly causing them damage.
- Multiple health problems like chronic headaches and gum diseases may occur.
What Are the Different Tooth Replacement Options?
Fortunately, there are many excellent options available to replace your missing tooth or teeth to help restore your beautiful smile, including:
Dental implants are one of the most widely chosen methods of tooth replacement, providing a permanent solution to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth in different mouth areas. They are a solid tooth replacement option that both looks and feels like a natural tooth. If cared for properly, dental implants can last you a lifetime.
The process of placing your dental implant is lengthy. It begins with replacing your tooth's root with metal screws, which will serve as an anchor for the false tooth placed on top. Once the screws have been surgically inserted, you will have to allow the implant to heal for a few months, during which period the implant will fuse with your jawbone. Once the implant has healed totally, a dental crown will be fixed on top and secured.
An implant-supported bridge is a perfect alternative for multiple missing teeth in a row. The procedure for replacing each tooth with a dental implant can be very lengthy and preventable. In an implant-supported bridge, only the teeth at the two ends are secured in place with implants. The artificial teeth in the middle of the two ends are held in place without any implants.
A tooth-supported bridge makes use of your existing teeth to support a dental bridge rather than placing two implants into your teeth. A crown is placed on the teeth next to the missing ones and bonded into place.
Removable Partial Dentures
Removable partial dentures are a reasonably more straightforward solution to replace missing teeth. These dentures are recommended for patients with a few missing teeth. Removable partial dentures are clasped into their precise position, ensuring that the artificial teeth are held in the appropriate spots.
Dr. Stephen Denny at Indian Ripple Dental Center can help you get your shiny smile back. Call us today at (937) 427-1749 to schedule your dental consultation and know more about our tooth replacement options.