Losing a tooth to damage, injury, or decay can be alarming, often causing many concerns for the oral health—not to mention smile—of individuals with missing teeth. Fortunately there are a number of cutting-edge restorations that can fill the absent space left by lost teeth, offering results that closely resemble the root and body of a natural tooth. There are three primary treatment options that can replace missing or damaged teeth, and the most beneficial restoration for you depends on the extent of your tooth loss:
- Missing one tooth or several intermittent teeth:Dental implants are often the go-to solution for individual missing teeth. They are designed to function like a natural tooth root and are celebrated for their ability to replace teeth with more security and long-term viability than other restorations. Dental implants can also help circumvent the jawbone loss experienced when the gums aren’t stimulated by a tooth root. Once successfully anchored into the gum tissue, implants can be topped with a custom dental crown that acts as the tooth body.
- Missing multiple teeth in a row: For those missing several consecutive teeth, a dental bridge is a prosthesis designed to close or “bridge” the gap for a seamless aesthetic result. They can be secured through attachment to healthy adjacent teeth, or affixed with dental implants for a more stable restoration. Dental bridges can be an excellent option for tooth replacement, requiring less jawbone support to place than dental implants.
- Missing an entire upper or lower dental arch: Patients who require full rehabilitation of a missing row of teeth often benefit from implant dentures, which are designed to cancel the inconveniences of traditional dentures. While a regular denture often fits poorly, causes gum irritation, and inhibits patients from eating chewy, sticky, or tough foods, implant dentures are securely anchored into the jawbone with dental implants. This can allow more self-confidence when wearing dentures, as well as permit an unrestricted diet.
Dr. Eric Klumb and Dr. Mike Menolascino understand the urge to restore a full, healthy mouth as soon as possible. Before determining the best treatment for your concerns, your dentist will evaluate the health of your gums, the state of your bone structure, and ask you about your goals. These factors will help Drs. Klumb or Menolascino formulate the best possible dental plan to recover the appearance and function of your missing tooth/teeth, ultimately helping you achieve a new and improved smile.