Are you missing a tooth or teeth? Do you often find yourself covering your smile because of missing teeth?
Missing teeth are more common than you may think and millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth. But why is it important to replace teeth in the first place?
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If gaps left by missing teeth are not filled, multiple problems can develop, such as:
- Crooked Teeth
- Shifting Teeth
- Bone Loss
- Misaligned Bite
- Difficulty Chewing
- Speech Issues
- Facial Sagging
It is important to replace missing teeth not just for aesthetic reasons but for the health of teeth and gums. Luckily, there are multiple teeth replacement options for patients at Design Dental.
Treatments for Missing Teeth
Before choosing a treatment, Dr. Jeremy Tu will assess your teeth and account for bone tissue health and the number of teeth that are missing. The treatment chosen will also correspond with your budget and oral health goals. Some treatment options include:
Acting like tooth roots, dental implants stabilize teeth for improved oral health. Dental implants consist of a titanium post which is inserted and then fused to the jawbone over a period of 3 to 6 months. After this period, an abutment and dental crown are attached to the post to create a long-lasting dental implant.
One tooth or multiple teeth can be replaced by dental bridges. This option can also be secured with dental implants for a permanent solution to consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges look and feel natural and improve bite function.
For patients who are missing full arches of teeth, dentures are a great choice. Like dental bridges, dentures can be secured with implants. Dentures provide patients with the form and function of natural teeth for years to come.
Schedule an Appointment
Replace your missing tooth or teeth and schedule an appointment with the professionals at Design Dental today. Stable tooth replacements will improve your oral health for years to come.