Missing teeth affect your smile’s aesthetics and increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you are missing one or more teeth, Dr. Christopher Rebol and Dr. Chris Sparks can help you revitalize your oral health. Our dentists offer dental crowns, bridges, dentures, and implants for a fuller and more balanced smile. These treatments provide stability and can prevent common problems caused by tooth loss, including tooth decay and even further missing teeth.
Before every treatment, our dentists consider patients’ budgets, goals, and concerns to create a treatment plan. This personalized plan outlines the steps in your care tailored to your specific needs. Learn more about treatment options for missing teeth, a common dental concern, below:
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Especially if you’re only missing one tooth, you may not think it’s necessary to replace it. But even one missing tooth can impact your entire mouth. Every tooth in your mouth contributes to your ability to speak and eat properly. You may develop a lisp or have to eliminate foods you love from your diet because you can no longer chew them.
When there’s a hole in your smile, the surrounding teeth start to move and shift to fill it. If you’ve had Invisalign or other treatments to straighten your smile, the effects of this are reversed by the shifting teeth. Teeth become more crooked, and large gaps may develop in other areas of your mouth.
When you’re missing teeth, the surrounding teeth are at a higher risk. You’re more likely to develop tooth decay, gum disease, and lose other teeth. You’re likely to have issues with TMJ and broken teeth as well. Without all of your teeth, the others are taking on the stress and pressure of your bite. They aren’t equipped to handle all of this. They may chip or crack under the pressure. An uneven bite also contributes to destruction of the jaw joint and the way it functions.
Replacing Missing Teeth
The restorative dentistry options that we offer at Rebol Family Dentistry include:
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns can cover dental implants or protect damaged teeth. Using CEREC, we can provide same-day crowns if you need a more stable bite.
- Dental Bridges: Natural surrounding teeth or implants can be used to support a dental bridge. A dental bridge holds a prosthetic tooth in place of a missing tooth. Patients with multiple missing teeth benefit from this dental solution.
- Dentures & Partial Dentures: Dentures consist of a full set of prosthetic teeth designed to replace many teeth or even full arches of teeth. When secured with implants, dentures are a long-lasting and secure restoration.
At Rebol Family Dentistry, we are committed to offering our patients the best tooth replacement options. Using dental implants allows us to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth or secure dental bridges and dentures for a more stable restoration.
Implants also allow dental restorations to last longer than if they were removable. They support a healthy tooth structure for a stronger bite.
Schedule a Consultation
Call Rebol Family Dentistry at 828.247.7222 or schedule an appointment online if you want to learn about your restorative options. We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.