Is a missing tooth in your smile zone causing confidence issues? Are your missing molars causing bite issues?
Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers several options for patients with missing teeth. Advances in modern dentistry mean replacement teeth are more comfortable and natural-looking than ever. With more options, your dentist can also help you find the best solution that fits your health needs, aesthetic goals, and budget.
Options For Replacing Missing Teeth
At the basic level, there are three options for replacing missing teeth: dental bridges, teeth implants, and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages and disadvantages. Our dentists in Buford GA will help you choose which treatment is right for you after a comprehensive dental exam.
A dental implant is a permanent solution for missing teeth. Dental implants act as a replacement-in-kind. This tooth replacement is custom-made with digital impression software to fit perfectly with your smile. It is a perfect solution for those missing just one tooth. We can also use them to replace multiple lost teeth.
The implant replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. It is capped with a tooth prosthetic, usually a dental crown shaped to match your existing teeth. Dental Implants are virtually unnoticeable and offer both cosmetic and restorative dental health benefits. Learn more about dental implants:
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Types of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
A dental bridge can be one of the most affordable ways to replace missing teeth. We offer two types of dental bridges: a traditional fixed bridge supported by dental crowns, or a dental bridge that is supported by dental implants. Although, your options will vary depending on your situation. Fortunately, dental bridges are versatile. They can be used to replace a single missing tooth or consecutive missing teeth.
A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Similar to dental bridges, dentures can either be removable or secured using dental implants. An implant-supported denture is more expensive than a removable denture, but it offers patients a more permanent solution and a greater level of comfort. Today’s modern dentures are more natural-looking than ever before.
If your current dentures are creating discomfort for you, or find it difficult to eat certain foods due to slippage, call us today. Over time, your jaw bone may begin to recede, and your dentures will begin to feel loose and uncomfortable. We can replace your old dentures for a better fit.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Do missing teeth make it harder to speak?
Missing teeth may make it more difficult to pronounce specific words and sounds. Gaps caused by missing teeth may affect pronunciation and the formation of words.
What is the best option for replacing missing teeth?
The most common options to replace missing teeth are dental implants, bridges, and partial dentures. All of these options are made to color match teeth so they are a great option for those concerned about appearance. They are also strong and durable options.
What happens if you don’t replace missing teeth?
If you do not replace missing teeth you are putting yourself at risk for many health issues. Your teeth may shift and you may find yourself grinding and clenching your teeth due to gaps. Patients may also develop cavities and gum issues easier due to exposed tissue.
Can a missing tooth cause problems?
Missing teeth can pose an increased risk for many issues in the future for patients who leave them untreated. Missing teeth put patients at an increased risk to develop infections. Missing teeth leave gum exposed, which can easily store plaque and bacteria. It also puts patients at a risk for teeth shifting and misalignment.
Can I get a denture for one tooth?
Patients can get a denture to replace one missing tooth. These are called single tooth dentures. Although, your dentist may recommend getting a dental implant since it’s just one tooth.
Schedule a Missing Teeth Consultation
Lanier Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers worry-free consultations for patients with advanced dental issues. After an initial dental exam and health evaluation, we can recommend the most relevant treatments for your smile. We want to get it right the first time, have you treated promptly, and get you back to your life without issues. Request an appointment online, or call us at (678) 359-4707 today to learn more.