When you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it can do a real number on the appearance of your smile. Apart from the discomfort and social awkwardness, there are also many dental health problems that can be caused by missing teeth. The team at our Worcester cosmetic dentistry center would like to take this opportunity to look at some of the basics surrounding the problems of missing teeth, how dental implants can help, and what dental restoration options might be best for you.
Health Problems Associated with Missing Teeth
When you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, gum recession and bone loss will begin to occur in the area of the tooth gap(s). This is because the bone and soft tissues no longer have any root structure to support. The gaps between can also make the teeth adjacent to the gap shift out of position, causing tooth misalignment to occur.
These issues coupled with chewing/biting problems reveal just how serious tooth loss can be beyond mere aesthetics and why meeting with a cosmetic dentist is a good idea. Dental implants are one of the best options to consider since they will be able to halt bone loss and gum recession.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the bone and gum tissue. Once they have properly integrated with the existing tissues, they will be able to support dental restorations that enhance the appearance of the smile and restore bite strength and functionality.
Dental implants can be used to support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures
Dental Implants and Dental Crowns
While dental crowns are commonly used to cap damaged or decayed teeth, they can also be used to cap dental implants. Dental crowns are ideal for people missing individual teeth. They will be custom crafted and slide perfectly into the tooth gap to cap the dental implant.
Dental Implants and Dental Bridges
When people are missing multiple teeth in a row, dental implants are used to support dental bridges. A traditional dental bridge will clasp around adjacent tooth structure to stay in place. An implant-supported dental bridge will usually be anchored by two or more dental implants.
Dental Implants and Dentures
When patients are missing many teeth in their dental arch, the best option is the use of a partial or full denture. There are different ways that dental implants can be configured to hold a denture in place. These options can be discussed in more detail during your visit. Rest assured that the hold will be excellent, far better than what can be achieved even with the best denture creams.
The Best Option for My Dental Health Needs
The best option for tooth restoration will generally be determined by the amount of tooth loss that you’ve suffered. During your cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry consultation, we’ll be sure to tailor the treatment to your needs so that you get the best treatment possible.
Learn More About Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
For more information about treatments for missing teeth and other issues related to enhancing your dental health, be sure to contact our dental care office today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking and healthiest smile.Leave a reply →