Millions of Americans have at least one missing tooth, and many people are missing multiple teeth. But why should missing teeth be replaced, and what are the common methods of replacement?
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth is not filled, multiple problems may develop. Some of these problems can include:
- Shifting teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Bone loss
- Speech problems
- Facial sagging
- Gum recession
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
However, there are multiple treatments that replace and reinforce missing teeth for improved oral health and overall appearance.
Treatment for Missing Teeth
Dr. Brian Sang & Associates offer their patients solutions for missing teeth that restore tooth function and appearance. Some of the treatment options for missing teeth include:
One of the most secure and durable solutions for replacing missing teeth is dental implants. Dental implants act as tooth roots to stabilize the overall oral health of teeth and gums. During the dental implant process, a titanium post is inserted into bone tissue and fuses to the jaw bone over a period of 3 to 6 months. After this period, an abutment and permanent dental crown are placed for a full restoration.
This solution replaces several consecutive teeth by utilizing the support of adjacent teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges can be removable or secured with dental implants. For a custom and comfortable fit, dental bridges are a great choice.
If you are missing the arches of your teeth, dentures could be the right treatment option for you. Like dental bridges, dentures can also be secured with dental implants for a stable fit. Dentures restore the form and function of teeth and make it easier for patients to bite and chew.
Schedule an Appointment
Do you want to restore your smile? Call the professionals at Palmetto Smiles at (843) 203-5155. You can also schedule an appointment with us online here.