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. Local prosthodontist, Dr. David Weinstock offers treatment plans for the replacement of missing teeth in Philadelphia, PA.
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.
Single Tooth Implants
A single tooth dental implant is a permanent solution Dr. Weinstock may suggest for the replacement of a one missing tooth. This dental restoration is made up of a titanium implant post which will need to be surgically inserted into the jawbone. Here, it mimics a natural tooth root. After a healing period, the implant will be fused to the bone and a custom-made dental crown is attached to the it. This restores both function and aesthetics. A single tooth implant will prevent adjacent teeth from being compromised, offering a stable and long-lasting solution that feels and functions like a real tooth. To learn more about the benefits of single tooth implants, see Single Dental Implant.
All On Four
The All on Four dental implant technique replaces a full arch of missing teeth. It involves using four strategically placed implants fixtures in the jawbone to maximize bone support. A custom fabricated fixed denture is then attached to these implants. This dental restoration provides a secure and permanent set of teeth. Dr. Weinstock will suggest this tooth replacement method for individuals with extensive tooth loss and bone loss. The all on Four method offers improved stability, function, and aesthetics compared to traditional dentures, often requiring less bone grafting. It can transform smiles and quality of life in a shorter treatment timeline compared to traditional implant methods. To learn more about the benefits of All on Four, see All on Four Implants.
A dental bridge is a type of fixed dental restoration that replaces a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. It is made up of one or more false teeth, the pontics, and is held in place by dental crowns. The crown portion of the bridge is attached to the adjacent teeth or dental implants. A dental bridge can restore the appearance and function of your smile. There are several types of dental bridges available depending on your needs and the state of your oral health. To learn more about the types of dental bridges we offer, see Dental Bridge.
Denture & Partials
A denture is a type of dental restoration that replaces missing teeth and some of the surrounding tissues. It is made up of false teeth that are set in a base that looks like gum tissue. We offer both partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures replace a few missing teeth on the arch when there are several natural teeth remaining. Complete dentures will replace an entire arch of teeth. Either option can be used on the upper or lower jaw. Dentures help to restore form, function, and appearance to improve self-confidence. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to prevent plaque buildup and maintain oral hygiene. They provide an accessible solution for those seeking tooth replacement without surgical procedures like implants or bridges. To learn more about the benefits of dentures, see Dentures and Partials.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Read through our frequently asked questions section to learn more about missing teeth. If you still have further concerns or questions, especially about your replacement options, please book a consultation today.
Do I have to worry about facial sagging if I have missing teeth?
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.
Will my dental insurance cover the cost of tooth replacement?
Dental insurance coverage varies and it simply depends on the type of coverage you have. Some plans might cover a portion of the costs, especially for necessary treatments. Most dental insurances will cover at least a portion of the actual dental restoration. We suggest that you consult your insurance provider and dentist for details.
Is it necessary to replace a missing back tooth if it’s not visible when I smile?
Yes, we suggest that you replace back teeth even if you cannot see it. This will help maintain proper chewing function. It will also prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place.
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 to Replace Missing Teeth in Philadelphia, PA?
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 appointment online.