Space in Your Face: Treatments for Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can cause a variety of health issues and problems with smile aesthetics. In terms of smile aesthetics, missing teeth leave unsightly gaps in your smile, which can leave you feeling quite self-conscious when speaking, laughing, or just being around people you know. As for dental health, missing teeth can make it more difficult to eat certain foods. In addition, bone loss and gum recession occur in the area of the tooth gap, which can lead to serious problems with dental health and wellness.
That's why the team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist are pleased to offer advanced restorative dentistry treatments, ones that can address the cosmetic and health issues related to tooth loss. Let's give a few of these treatments a quick look below.
When you are missing a tooth or a few teeth, dental bridges are generally a good option to consider. Dental bridges are sets of artificial teeth that are secured in place by bracing around the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap.
Crown-Supported Dental Bridges
Whereas traditional dental bridges are removable, crown-supported dental bridges are fixed in place. These bridges have a dental crown on either side, which is used to cap the teeth that are adjacent to the tooth gap. Crown-supported dental bridges are far more secure than their removable counterparts.
When you are missing many teeth in a row, dental bridges are no longer a viable option. That is where partial dentures come into play. Partial dentures are sets of many teeth that are held in place by bracing around the gum tissue and jawbone structure of the tooth gap. Braced along the dental ridge, a patient can restore their ability to bite and chew.
When you are missing all or the majority of your teeth, full dentures are your ideal option. They function just like partial dentures but are far more extensive. Essentially restoring your entire row of teeth.
Some patients may wish to consider getting dental implants to address their tooth loss. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue. During a months-long healing process, the dental implant fuses with the living structures of your mouth, essentially acting just like natural tooth roots.
Dental implants are able to support individual dental crowns for single missing teeth, a dental bridge, partial dentures, or full dentures. The level of stability they provide is exceptional.
Determining an Ideal Treatment for You
During your consultation at the practice, we will work with you to determine the most ideal treatment option. This includes considering the risks, benefits, advantages, and disadvantages of your various treatment options.
Contact Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist
For more information about your treatment options for tooth loss, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist is here to help you smile with confidence again.