Missing teeth compromise all facets of your oral health and affect your emotional well-being. Missing teeth impact the ability for proper function and health of your entire chewing system. Patients may feel embarrassed to share their smiles and are self-conscious in social or professional settings.
Tooth loss is associated with an overall deterioration in oral wellness. Replacing missing teeth can not only boost your self-esteem, but it can also help prevent secondary conditions from developing.
What are my options for replacing missing teeth?
Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and discomfort. However, there are many options available to replace lost teeth and restore your smile. From traditional dentures to dental implants, bridges and partial dentures, Claremont Dental Institute has a solution that can fit your needs and budget. Explore all the options available at our dental office so you can choose one that best suits your lifestyle.
Ceramic and Titanium Dental Implants
Dr. Steve Fountain has advanced training to place titanium and zirconia ceramic dental implants and restore missing teeth. Claremont Dental Institute uses the most modern and advanced techniques to place implants by combining state-of-the-art digital imaging and dental technology.
We create, place, and complete all aspects of the dental implant procedure in-house. Our dental care team oversees each phase of treatment for a convenient and predictable implant process. This means that you do not have to see multiple specialists, and it can save you time and money. To learn more about our dental implants, see Dental Implants.
Dental bridges are an effective and tried-and-true way of replacing a few lost teeth. They are essentially custom-made prosthetic teeth that fill in the gaps of lost teeth. They can consist of things like porcelain, gold, and metal alloys. Not only do they provide aesthetic benefits, but they also help restore the function of your mouth. To learn more about replacing your lost teeth with a dental bridge, see Dental Bridges.
With the help of our denture services in Claremont, you can replace your lost teeth and get back your smile within weeks. Dentures are common artificial tooth prosthetics that snugly fit into the arch of your jaw. They provide support for facial muscles and also help restore the natural shape of your face. With dentures, you can enjoy a full range of foods and speak without any difficulty. To learn more about getting a denture to replace an arch of missing teeth, see Dentures.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Missing teeth compromise the stability and function of your smile. When you lose a tooth, it creates a gap in the structure of your jaw. The missing root system leaves space for the teeth to shift, and the bone tissue begins to break down. However, replacing your missing teeth can prevent further deterioration of your oral health!
Missing teeth increase your risk of:
- Additional tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Gum recession
- Bone loss
- Facial sagging
- Shifting or loosening of teeth
Patients with missing teeth often have difficulty eating a varied diet and may suffer from poor nutrition. Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and may impact speech. If you don’t replace your missing teeth, surrounding teeth are more prone to shift into crooked positions, or form bigger gaps in your smile.
What is the best way to replace missing teeth?
Although many options exist for replacing missing teeth, none are as natural or effective as the dental implant. Dental implants mimic the natural ingenuity of the human tooth. Dental implants are the only missing tooth restoration that replaces the root system of the lost tooth.
Claremont Dental Institutes offers biological zirconia ceramic implants and traditional titanium dental implants. We strive to provide our patients with solutions that support their personal beliefs, lifestyle, and health. Your dentist will help you choose the style of dental implant and restoration that is right for you.
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, or several dental implants can secure a denture or dental bridge. Because your dentist surgically implants them into your jaw, they have to consist of a biocompatible alloy. The jawbone will fuse with the biocompatible metal to create a stable anchor for the final dental restoration or prosthetic.
Dental implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth. The patient who chooses dental implants enjoys improved oral health, jaw stability, and almost full function of their bite.
Why is replacing missing teeth important? It is important to replace missing teeth, so that surrounding teeth do not shift. If you do not replace missing teeth, your teeth will be more prone to break, crack, form cavities, and shift, resulting in the loss of more teeth.
More Missing Teeth FAQs
What happens if I don’t replace missing teeth?
If you don’t replace missing teeth, the surrounding teeth are much more likely to shift. This may cause teeth to become crooked and gaps to form. It also may cause a super eruption or over-eruption, thus exposing the tooth root.
What health problems can missing teeth cause?
Missing teeth can cause many health issues. These include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, and an increased risk for Alzheimer’s.
How many teeth has the average 50-year-old lost?
The CDC says that the average 50-year-old has lost 12 teeth. A full set of adult teeth is 32, so by age 50, it is not abnormal to have lost close to 40% of your teeth.
Request a Dental Implant Consultation Today
If you are missing teeth, contact Dr. Fountain at Claremont Dental Institute. Our Claremont, CA, dentist office provides patients with custom in-house dental restoration and dental implants. Our dental care team provides top-of-the-line dental care in our modern, state-of-the-art dental institute.