Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on quality of life, impacting speech and dietary habits. Lost Mountain Dental offers replacement options for patients who have lost one or more of their teeth due to an accident, injury or disease.
Dr. Mulkey or Dr. Kennedy will perform a thorough dental exam and discuss your dental health and cosmetic goals before recommending the appropriate treatment. The goal of tooth replacement is always to restore both oral health and the patient’s quality of life with results that last.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth have both a physical and emotional impact on people, affecting your oral health and your sense of confidence in your appearance. For the best result and minimal effects on your smile, missing teeth should be treated as quickly as possible.
Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. It will continue to deteriorate if no treatment is sought, making replacement options more and more difficult and potentially affecting other teeth.
Missing Teeth Treatment Options
Dental Implants – Dental implants are the most lifelike replacements for missing teeth. They are a permanent solution for tooth loss, with success rate over more than 95%. Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Dentures – Dentures replace either the top or bottom teeth, or both. Dr. Mulkey offers a variety of dentures including implant supported dentures which offer better retention and long term benefits compared to traditional removable dentures.
Dental Bridges – Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and are secured to existing teeth. There are many types of dental bridges available including implant secured dental bridges which are permanent and extremely long lasting.
Reduce Bone Loss with Dental Implants
The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems associated with tooth loss is the subsequent loss of bone in the jaw where the natural tooth root used to be, causing additional dental health issues and bite problems.
Dental implants address this issue, offering patients who have lost a tooth a “replacement in kind”: a prosthetic tooth that is anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post that mimics the tooth root. The tiny post implanted acts much like a natural tooth root, which helps to generate natural bone growth to support the tooth structure.
A dental implant not only provides patients with a secure, natural looking and functioning tooth, but it can also help to reduce further bone loss and support long term dental health.
Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures when a patient has either multiple missing teeth to replace or wishes to fix the problem of ill fitting dentures. Strategically placed implants will serve to support the denture and also help to maintain sufficient bone retention and growth for better long term oral health.
At Lost Mountain Dental in Marietta, Dr. Mulkey offers implant dentistry and will create a customized treatment plan to suit a patient’s dental health needs and budget. Dr. Mulkey uses some of the latest dental technologies in order to provide accurate diagnoses and results that blend with a patient’s natural smile.
Lost Mountain Dental also offers implant secured dentures, providing a secure and comfortable fit for dentures that no longer requires daily adhesives and also supports long term dental health.
If you have a damaged tooth, missing tooth, or slipping dentures, contact Dr. Mulkey at Lost Mountain Dental to schedule a dental consultation near you. The status of your oral health is an important part of your overall health and well being!
Missing Teeth FAQ’s
What are my options if I have missing teeth?
Dental implants are the most common option for replacing missing teeth. Some patients may choose to use traditional bridges or dentures. Furthermore you must be in relatively good health to get dental implants.
What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
If missing teeth are not replaced, patients teeth may shift and form gaps. Teeth may also become damaged and loss of other teeth may occur.
Do missing teeth change face shape?
Missing teeth can eventually lead to a change in face shape. Premature facial sagging is a common side effect of missing teeth. When teeth are missing, your jaw structure may shift causing the face to alter shape.
Do dentures feel normal?
Like any other change adjusting to new dentures can be a process. That being said, you should begin to get used to them a few weeks to a month after beginning to use them. Give yourself time to adjust. Your new smile will thank you for it.
How many teeth can be in a dental bridge?
As long as there are enough abutment teeth (teeth next to the bridge) that can be secured through the use of dental crowns, dental bridges can have 2-4 teeth in them.
What are the best dental implants?
There are a wide variety of implants, but the most common ones we see success with are those with titanium hardware and that are properly capped with a dental crown. The crown is often the variable in determining what is best for you. You can go with an aesthetically pleasing option that matches your smile or go with a long lasting option.