Restoring Your Smile: Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
We've always had one primary goal here at our practice: to make the people of San Diego smile with confidence. That means great dental health, proper dental alignment, and beautiful teeth and gums. That's why we offer the latest in restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry treatment, as well as comprehensive general dental care services.
We see a lot of patients who are missing teeth on a week-to-week basis. Sometimes it's due to cavities and gum disease, while other times it's because of serious trauma and injuries. Whatever the case may be, missing teeth cause problems. Thankfully there are plenty of solutions to meet the needs of patients.
The Problems Caused By Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can cause both cosmetic problems and general dental health issues as well.
On the cosmetic side, gap between teeth can be quite unsightly, leaving you self-conscious about smiling, laughing, and speaking, even around people you have known for many years. Many missing teeth can also lead to issues with sunken-in lips and cheeks, which can leave you looking much older than you really are.
On the restorative side of things, gaps between teeth can cause issues with biting and chewing, limiting your meal options and making a balanced and healthy diet difficult. Missing teeth can also result in gum recession and bone loss in the areas you are missing teeth, which can result in a host of health and wellness issues.
When patients are missing a tooth or a few teeth, the best option for care is often a dental bridge. Dental bridges are appliances that are held in place by latching around a patient's existing tooth structure. When in place, dental bridges are able to fill the gap left behind by missing teeth.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are an ideal option for treatment when people are missing many of their teeth or all of their teeth. Rather than latching around remaining tooth structure, dentures work by gripping around the jawbone and gum tissue. Denture creams can help keep the dentures in place and prevent slippage or falling out.
Fixed Dental Bridges/Crown-Supported Bridges
While traditional dental bridges are removable, there are also fixed dental bridges available. These kinds of bridges have dental crowns on either side of them, which are used to cap the natural teeth adjacent to a tooth gap. The crowns help prevent any issues with the bridge shifting or falling out, offering greater stability and strength.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the jawbone and gum tissue. These dental implants offer a level of stability comparable to natural tooth roots, and then can be used to support individual dental crowns for single missing teeth, dental bridges, partial dentures, and full dentures. What's more, dental implants help prevent gum recession and bone loss, which none of the other treatments above can do.
Keep in mind that dental implants require oral surgery, as well as a months-long recovery process to function properly. Candidacy for dental implants as well as the risks and benefits of the treatment process and financing matters can be discussed in greater detail during your visit.
Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss
For more information about the causes of tooth loss and your options for treatment, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. We look forward to your visit and helping you look your absolute best.