What Are My Treatment Options for Missing Teeth?
By Stephen Rogers on August 06, 2016
Tooth loss impacts more than dental function. Losing a tooth as an adult impacts quality of life, making it difficult to eat and painful to smile. Fortunately, tooth loss is treatable. At Greater Long Island Dental, our team offers a range of restorative dentistry treatments to restore your dental function and oral health. To find out which treatment for missing teeth is right for your needs, schedule a consultation at our Long Island, NY practice.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Prolonged tooth loss not only interferes with eating, it can actually cause other oral health problems, which is why it's important to seek treatment for missing teeth. If left untreated, tooth loss can lead to a loss of jawbone density. As jawbone is lost, the remaining teeth can shift and the overall appearance of the face may change as the jaw line changes. Long-term tooth loss can also cause the remaining teeth to wear unevenly, causing bite issues, as chewing changes to compensate for the lost teeth.
Treatments for Missing Teeth
Those who suffer from tooth loss can enjoy restored dental function and appearance with treatment for missing teeth. There are a variety of treatment options available to restore the smile and improve your confidence.
Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing one or more missing teeth. Dental implants provide the most natural look and feel of all the tooth replacement treatments.
During dental implant surgery, a small titanium post, the dental implant, is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. As the jaw heals around the implant, a permanent bond is formed, much like the bond between the natural tooth root and jawbone. Once healed, different types of dental restorations may be attached to the implant to replace one or multiple teeth.
Dental crowns may be paired with dental implants to replace individual missing teeth. Those missing multiple teeth may benefit from implant-supported bridges, while those who are missing a full arch of teeth may choose implant-supported dentures to restore their smile.
Traditional dental bridges offer a non-surgical option to replacing one or more missing teeth, making treatment with dental bridges optimal for those unhealthy enough for surgery or those who simply do not wish to undergo surgery. Traditional dental bridges are made of two dental crowns joined by one or two artificial teeth. The crowns are bonded to the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, or teeth.
When multiple teeth are missing, dental bridges may be attached to dental implants. Implant-supported bridges can be paired with one or two dental implants to replace multiple teeth with one dental restoration.
For those missing all of their lower teeth, upper teeth, or both, traditional removable dentures are a common treatment. Traditional removable dentures do not require surgery, making them suitable for those who are unable to undergo surgery. Although traditional dentures are custom-made for a snug fit, adhesives may be required to keep dentures in place.
Implant-supported dentures provide a solution to the slipping and sliding of traditional removable dentures. Implant-supported dentures attach to three or five strategically placed dental implants, providing secure, natural feeling dental function without the need for adhesives.
Find out Which Treatment Is Right for You
Don't let tooth loss go untreated. To receive your personalized treatment plan, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our team at Greater Long Island Dental.
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