What are my options for replacing missing teeth?
Missing teeth compromise all facets of your oral health and can take a toll on 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 feel 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, it can help prevent secondary conditions from developing.
Dr. Vijay Patel has advanced training in the placement of titanium and zirconia ceramic dental implants for the restoration of missing teeth. Combining state of the art digital imaging, and dental technology, Claremont Dental Institute uses the most modern and advanced techniques to place implants.
All of our dental implants are completed in-house and our dental care team oversees each phase of treatment for a convenient and predictable implant process.
Why should I replace my missing teeth?
Missing teeth compromise the stability and function of the smile. When a tooth is lost a gap is left in the structure of the jaw. The missing root system leaves space for the teeth to shift and the bone tissue begins to break down. 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.
What happens if missing teeth are not replaced? If missing teeth are left and not replaced, surrounding teeth are more prone to shift, become crooked, or form gaps.
What is the best way to replace missing teeth?
Although there are many options 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 the 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 be used to replace a single missing tooth, or several dental implants can be placed to secure a denture or dental bridge. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw. The biocompatible material fuses with the bone and creates a stable anchor for the final dental restoration.
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, shift, and it could result in the loss of more teeth.
More Missing Teeth FAQs
What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
If missing teeth are not replaced, 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 overeruption, thus exposing the tooth root as well.
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 the age of 50 it is not abnormal to have lost close to 40% of your teeth.
Request a Dental Implant Consultation
If you are missing teeth, contact Dr. Patel at Claremont Dental Institute. Our Claremont, CA dentist office provides patients with custom in-house dental restoration and dental implants. Our dental care team is committed to providing top of the line dental care in our modern state of the art dental institute.
We welcome new patients from the greater Claremont area, including San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, La Verne, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland California. Contact Claremont Dental Institute at (909) 277-6919 or request an appointment online.