Posts for: June, 2012
Replacing a missing tooth or missing teeth can help restore your self-esteem, but it can also prevent the progressive dental problems that can occur when missing teeth are not treated.
Missing teeth can result in a number of oral health problems including:
- Other teeth may shift and contribute to alignment problems
- Cause difficulty chewing and speaking
- Contribute to premature wear on adjacent teeth
- Lead to plaque accumulation and decay on surrounding teeth
- Leave remaining teeth prone to gum recession and periodontal disease
- Jawbone may shrink to fill gap created by the root of the lost tooth
If you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, a consultation and thorough exam with Dr. Marengo or Dr. Sylvester can determine the cause of your tooth loss, assess the extent of damage, and recommend the best tooth replacement option for you.
The most effective methods for restoring missing teeth are typically:
- Denal implants
- Dental bridge
Dental implants are the most permanent solution for replacing missing teeth, and they are ideal if you have sufficient jawbone structure to support the dental implant replacement post, which acts as a substitute root. Dental implants consist of a dental crown placed atop a post that is permanently anchored in your jawbone.
Dental bridges may be a better choice if you lack the necessary jawbone density for dental implants. Dental bridges consist of an artificial tooth or teeth suspended from a bridge that is anchored to the neighboring teeth.
If you would like more information on your options for replacing missing teeth, please contact our office to schedule your personal consultation.