Do you have missing teeth that are causing issues? Looking for tooth replacement options in Worcester MA?
Missing teeth are more than a cosmetic concern. They are a general dentistry concern as well. Affecting your sense of confidence, they can lead to more complex dental problems and affect overall health and well being. When a tooth is lost, it affects the supporting structures around it: gums, neighboring teeth, and jaw bone. Over time, the shape of the jaw and bite position can change. This can lead to difficulty eating, speaking normally, and an aged appearance. The risk of decay and gum disease also goes up when teeth are lost.
Our dentists in Worcester MA offer treatments for missing teeth. We help patients restore dental health, and create comfortable, functional smiles. Dr. Gauthier emphasizes the importance of prompt tooth replacement for the best outcome. If you address this issue early, you will have the widest range of treatment options available. Wait too long, and your options can decrease.
Treatment for Missing Teeth
Your Russell Street dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your entire occlusal system: gums, jaw joints, and remaining teeth. Evaluating the overall function of your occlusal system is an important part of providing results that restore a natural, comfortable smile.
Russell Street Dental Associates will recommend the most suitable option for your unique dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget. We will never recommend unnecessary treatments and always consult with you before any treatment begins.
Treatment options can include:
- Dental implants: Used to permanently replace a missing tooth or to secure a denture. Dental implants function much like a natural tooth and offer many benefits for patients.
- Dental bridge: Used to replace one or several lost teeth. A dental bridge will be custom fit to fill in the “gap” left by a lost tooth and restore normal function
- Dentures and partial dentures: Today’s cosmetic dentures can be permanently secured with dental implants for a great result that also improves dental health.
How Do Dental Implants Replace Missing Teeth?
Replacing a lost tooth is essential for avoiding serious complications, such as misalignment and loss of jawbone density. We often recommend dental implants to our patients to restore missing teeth. How do dental implants replace missing teeth? What sets this prosthetic apart from bridges and dentures?
Preparation and Placement
First, we will need to assess your gum health and the strength of your jawbone tissue to decide if you qualify for the procedure. If so, we will decide where to place the implant and an oral surgeon will surgically insert the post into the jawbone. Made from biocompatible titanium, the implant post bonds with the jawbone like a natural tooth root. The area will then need to heal over a period of three to six months.
Once the area heals, we can place an abutment that holds a custom-made restoration in place. For single tooth implants, we use a dental crown to replace the visible portion of the tooth. If you’re receiving a replacement for multiple missing teeth, we can create a prosthetic. Whether receiving a crown or a prosthetic, we will use lifelike materials to ensure the new teeth look natural and blend seamlessly with your smile.
Maintaining Your New Tooth
By brushing and flossing daily, as well as seeing the dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings, you can help protect your new teeth. With proper care and attention, many dental implants can actually last a lifetime. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then please contact our office today. We can discuss your options for enjoying a white smile once again.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with your dentist at Russell Street Dental Associates in Worcester, MA. Dr. Gauthier will work with you to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile for great long-term dental health. Give us a call at (508) 791-1777, or request an appointment online today.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Failing to fill in the gaps in your smile is actually bad for your oral health. The surrounding teeth will start to shift towards the gap which can lead to bite issues making it difficult to chew and speak. Also, the underlying bone will begin to slowly deteriorate. This loss of bone in the jaw can be avoided by replacing your teeth with dental implants since they replace the tooth at the root. Missing teeth also makes you more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay, and additional tooth loss. Aside from oral health reasons, missing teeth can lower your self-confidence and quality of life.
What is the best solution for missing teeth?
The number one recommended way to replace missing teeth is with a dental implant secured restoration. This solution can avoid bone loss and provide you with a greater chewing force allowing for a healthier diet. A dental implant secured restoration will look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
How much does it cost to replace missing teeth with dental implants?
This depends on how many teeth are missing, where they are located, how much your insurance will cover, and the type of restoration being placed. Replacing a single tooth can run up to $6,000 while an entire row of teeth can cost tens of thousands of dollars. The best way to learn more about the cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gauthier. Here, we will be able to learn more about your needs and provide you with an estimated cost of care.