Missing teeth are common, but a serious dental health concern. With advances in dental technology, replacing missing teeth is now more successful and natural than ever before. Bala Cynwyd prosthodontist Dr. David Weinstock offers treatment plans for the replacement of missing teeth.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Any number of missing teeth can lead to complex oral health concerns if you do not replace them. This could cost you a lot of money in repairs. Missing teeth can compromise the integrity of the bone and may lead to recession of the jawline. Replacing them will stabilize your oral foundation. Missing teeth can also increase your chances of developing gum disease, tooth decay, teeth shifting, and additional tooth loss. Aside from oral health reasons, gaps in your smile will drastically lower a person’s self confidence and quality of life.
What are the options for replacing missing teeth?
There are several options to replace missing teeth with. However, Dr. Weinstock will usually recommend dental implants when possible. Teeth implants can replace one missing tooth or a full arch of missing teeth. Dr. Weinstock provides a range of options for replacing lost teeth to fit all lifestyles, budgets, and cosmetic goals.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Do I have to worry about facial sagging?
Facial sagging is a product of missing teeth. Although, it affects older patients more prominently than younger patients. Without teeth, your jawbone starts to deteriorate over time and contribute to facial sagging. This does not happen overnight.
Will missing teeth cause gum disease?
Yes. Missing even one tooth without replacing it can create a huge opportunity for gum disease to take hold. Your gums rely on tooth structure and vise versa to stay healthy. More exposed gum tissue creates an environment for bacteria to take hold.
What is the best treatment for missing teeth?
Every patient is different. Hence, there is no one-treatment-fits-all when dealing with missing teeth. Your comprehensive dentist will be able to recommend the best course for you after a thorough dental exam. The most popular treatment for missing teeth is dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is made up of 3 parts; the implant post, the abutment, and the prosthetic tooth. The actual implant is a tiny titanium screw like post that is surgically implanted into the jaw and will act as the missing tooth’s root. The implant will stimulate healthy bone growth to avoid jaw shrinkage which often occurs after tooth loss.
When the implant has fused with the surrounding bone, a small piece called an abutment is attached. This part will support the dental prosthesis. The dental implants are then capped with a dental crown, bridge, or denture for a natural smile. Implants are a permanent dental restoration that requires no additional maintenance beyond your regular oral hygiene routine.
Dental implants have become the standard in missing tooth replacement for their long-term oral health benefits and their high success rate. They are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
When forced to deal with the reality of replacing missing teeth, many patients choose dental implants due to the countless benefits they offer over traditional teeth replacement options. Designed to fuse with the jawbone, implants provide unparalleled support for the jaw and bite.
- 98% Success rate
- Restores function to bite
- Stimulates natural bone regeneration
- Secures bite stability
- Protects surrounding teeth
- Blends seamlessly with natural teeth
Why Choose Dr. David Weinstock?
Prosthodontist Dr. David Weinstock is dedicated to restoring optimum function and aesthetics to your smile with patient-centered dentistry. Dr. Weinstock’s experience and a natural eye for aesthetics allow him to provide the most natural and comfortable results.
To learn more about how Dr. Weinstock can restore beauty, function, and health to your smile, contact our Bala Cynwyd, PA dentist office today, or schedule your consultation online.