Many Americans have at least one missing tooth. Missing teeth can be caused by decay, injury, genetics, and multiple other factors. It is important to fill the gaps left by missing teeth because problems like facial sagging, misaligned teeth, and tooth decay may occur.
What are the options for restoring missing teeth?
On their own, dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or several missing teeth. They can also be used to secure dental bridges and dentures to replace multiple consecutive teeth or whole arches of teeth. Dental implants are made of a titanium post which is inserted into the jaw bone. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, an abutment and dental crown are added onto the post. Dental implants look and feel natural and are a great permanent restoration.
For several consecutive missing teeth, dental bridges are a great choice. Dental bridges can be removable or permanent when secured with dental implants. Adjacent natural teeth are also used to help support dental bridges. This solution helps restore the structural integrity of the teeth and gums.
Dentures & Partials
Removable dentures, or partials, are made of replacement teeth attached to a base. Permanent dentures are secured by dental implants which are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. After implantation, a custom-fit denture is created. Dentures and partials are created from durable stain and decay-resistant material. These options help restore the form and function of teeth, making it easier for patients to bite and chew.
Schedule a Missing Teeth Consultation
If you want to replace your missing teeth for a more balanced smile, call Dr. Shulman and his team at (855) 832-4034.