When you’re missing teeth from your mouth, it’s more than just your smile that’s affected. While restoring missing teeth in Cohoes, NY, can be a cosmetic concern, it’s also a necessary restorative treatment for your oral health. Missing teeth can lead to malocclusion, loss of bite strength, and even disease. There are many different options for missing teeth treatment to help fit every patient’s needs. After examining your mouth, your dentist can determine which treatment plan could work best for your mouth.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Everyone’s mouth is different, and everyone will need a different treatment option for missing teeth. What kind of treatment is best for you will greatly depend on the number and location of missing teeth in your mouth.
Dental bridges can help treat patients missing one or several consecutive missing teeth. There are two types of dental bridges: traditional and implant-supported. A traditional bridge gets support from your neighboring teeth. In most cases, these supporting teeth are treated with dental crowns to help preserve your natural teeth and provide additional strength to your bridge. Dentists typically recommend Implant-support bridges for multiple missing teeth cases. Instead of using the neighboring teeth for support, implants are surgically placed to secure the bridge in your mouth.
For patients who are missing an entire arch of their teeth, dentures may be the recommended treatment. Dentures are removable oral appliances that provide jaw structure and bite strength when worn. However, some dentures can be permanently attached to your jaw using implant supports. Dentists commonly recommended this treatment to help support bone retention and reduce discomfort in patients’ bites.
Patients who are missing a single tooth may benefit from a single dental implant. Dental implants are surgically installed in the jaw to mimic the natural root of your teeth. You will also need restoration work for implants to mimic the look of your teeth and help complete your smile. The most typical restoration for a single dental implant is a crown. While many dentists choose to work with an oral surgeon for dental implants, Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants provides full-service dental implant treatment for our patients.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can have long-lasting and disastrous effects on your mouth. Patients who have missing teeth could expect the following symptoms if not treated promptly:
- Shifting of Remaining Teeth
- TMJ Disorder
- Gum Disease
- Facial Sagging
- Bone Loss
Seeking restorative treatment after losing a tooth can help prevent these symptoms and keep your bite strong and healthy.
At Capital Region Complete Dental Care and Implants, we have several treatment options available for patients with missing teeth. Call our office today at (518) 650-1930 to schedule an initial consultation. After examining your mouth, Dr. Frederick Marra can create a personalized treatment plan to help restore your smile and improve your bite.