Missing teeth should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid additional dental problems that will affect future treatment options. Left untreated, missing teeth will lead to bone loss in the jaw and changes in the bite as adjacent teeth shift position. Dr. Cappy Sinclair of Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry near Norfolk, VA offers several tooth replacement options and will recommend the most suitable for your dental health, cosmetic goals and budget.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Many people don’t realize that teeth are a major factor in the appearance of the lower face. Patients who are missing teeth often look older because they don’t have healthy tooth structure to support their lips and cheeks often resulting in a saggy or droopy appearance. Replacing teeth will help maintain the face shape and greatly improve the appearance of a patient.
Missing Teeth Options
Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Sinclair offers many restorative dentistry options in Virginia Beach for replacement. Your primary options are: dental bridges, dental implants and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages.
One of the simplest and most affordable solutions for missing teeth is a dental bridge. We can create a fixed dental bridge, which will be anchored by the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The dental bridge can be secured with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
Norfolk, VA dentist, Dr. Sinclair, will recommend dental implants because they are the most natural-looking and advanced solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Replacing the actual root of the tooth, the dental implant will become fully integrated with the bone to replace both the function and aesthetics of the missing tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option, but they also require the least maintenance. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing teeth as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.
A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. The denture can either be removable or secured using dental implants. Implant secured dentures, also known as “All on Four” or “Teeth in a Day” offer improved stability, comfort and permit a healthier diet.