Our teeth help us chew, speak correctly and distinctly, and of course, smile, yet two-thirds of adults in the US between the ages of 40 and 64 are missing at least one tooth. We seem to be more motivated to replace teeth missing in the front where it is more noticeable, but even back teeth need to be replaced. Let’s review the best treatment options for missing teeth.
All Teeth Are Equally Important
Missing one or more teeth may not seem important if they are in the back and no one can see them, but even missing back teeth can cause your mouth to shift and can make you look older.
If you are missing one or more teeth, regardless of location, talk with Dr. Robinette about your best treatment options at our office in Hickory, NC.
Dental implants are a popular choice today because of their many advantages. The actual implant replaces the tooth root, and after the implant is securely integrated into the natural bone, a prosthetic tooth is attached.
Implants are comfortable and permanent. They provide the look and feel of natural teeth, and there is virtually no maintenance required. Just see the dentist for normal checkups and cleaning and maintain good oral hygiene. In addition, they prevent the loss of jawbone causing a sinking look to the face. Best of all, in some cases it can be done in one day.
They are one of the more expensive options, so they may not be for everyone. Talk with Dr. Robinette about financing plans available.
This option is one of the least expensive ways to replace a missing tooth. They are fastened into place and can be removed for cleaning. They do not have the same natural look as other options, but they are a quick and non-invasive way to replace missing teeth. They may need adhesive to keep them in place. If the materials are a match to your gums, they can look more natural.
Full dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth either top or bottom. Not only will they improve your appearance, they provide lip and cheek muscle support and they match your gum color.
This option is fast and affordable. They must be removed for cleaning each night, and they need adhesive to be tight in your mouth.
Implant Supported Dentures
This option is attached to and supported by implants. Whereas regular dentures rest on your gums, implant supported dentures are attached to the implants providing better support.
They can be removable or fixed.
Crowns And Bridges
A bridge bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. With a fixed bridge, there can be several implants to support the bridge. It can be a time consuming process with multiple appointments, but once in place it looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth. You do not need to remove it, and it is less expensive than a dental tooth implant.
A crown is a good choice to replace one missing tooth. It functions like natural teeth, and you brush and floss to clean it like any other tooth.
If you have one or more missing teeth, contact Dr. Robinette at 828-267-0651 for your best options to improve your smile and self confidence.