Dr. Cappy Sinclair and Dr. Mark Reichley of Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Virginia Beach address various dental concerns, including missing teeth. Whether your teeth are missing because of an injury or accident, gum disease, tooth decay, age, or other reasons, Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley offer a wide range of natural-looking replacement options.
We offer free consultations for patients with tooth loss to explore the various options available!
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Many people are faced with tooth loss and wonder if they should replace them. Replacing missing teeth is very important, and the quicker you do so, the better it will be for your health. Tooth loss can create a range of problems for patients, from emotional and social concerns to sometimes severe medical conditions.
Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. Unfortunately, it will continue to worsen without treatment, making replacement options more and more difficult.
It can also potentially cause TMJ disorders because your teeth may shift, causing your bite alignment to be off. It can also lead to gum disease and gum recession and make it difficult to eat certain foods. For this reason, missing teeth need to be treated as quickly as possible.
Missing Teeth Treatment Options
There are a variety of restorative dentistry treatments available for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will perform a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose your specific condition and make recommendations for the best long-term results.
Our goal is to restore your smile to its natural function with optimal health and esthetics. The treatment you will need is determined by how many teeth you are missing, the location of the missing teeth, and your overall and oral health. We offer:
- Implant-support dental crowns: used to permanently replace one missing tooth
- Implant-supported dental bridge: used to replace several consecutive missing teeth permanently
- Implant-supported dentures: used to replace a majority or all of your teeth
- Dental Bridges: a removable fixture that will replace a single tooth
- Dentures & Partials: removable fixtures that replace several missing teeth or an entire row of teeth
Dental Implants: The best solution for missing teeth
Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley will recommend dental implants in most cases. They are the only tooth replacement option that will preserve the jaw bone, give you full chewing function, and look the most natural. Even though dental implants cost more upfront, other dental restorations will eventually need to be repaired, replaced, or adjusted.
That cost will add up over the years. They will also require timely, daily maintenance. However, dental implants are permanent, stable, and durable for long-term use. Dr. Sinclair and Dr. Reichley offer complete treatment for dental implants in their Virginia Beach dentist’s office.
Missing Teeth FAQs
What happens if I do not replace missing teeth?
If missing teeth are not replaced, the surrounding teeth are more likely to shift and become misaligned. In addition, gaps and overlap are much more likely in patients with untreated missing teeth. Teeth can shift and create crooked teeth.
What are my options if I have missing teeth?
If you have missing teeth, you have many options to treat and repair them. The most common options are dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Your dentist can discuss your options with you and what they think will best correct your problem, depending on how many teeth are missing and their location in the mouth.
Can missing teeth cause jaw problems?
Missing teeth can cause a patient’s jaw to weaken, making them more prone to jaw shifting and fractures. This is because missing just a few teeth changes the number of teeth that your jaw has to support, so your jaw adjusts to that by altering shape and strength.
Schedule a Dental Exam and Consultation to Replace Missing Teeth
Find out how Dr. Sinclair or Dr. Reichley can help restore your smile if you are missing teeth near Norfolk, VA, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, VA, and Suffolk, VA area. They specialize in the replacement of missing teeth using dental implants, a dental crown, or a dental bridge.
We offer consultations for patients with missing teeth to explore the various options available. Schedule an appointment with Coastal Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry by contacting our office at 757-656-6368, or request an appointment online today.