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Replacement Options for Missing Teeth

Dr. Degel Nov 30, 2011

If you’re missing one tooth or many teeth, it’s important that you meet with a skilled Queens cosmetic dentist so you can get this problem addressed. During your consultation here, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and address any concerns. Right now, let’s look at some of the basic issues surrounding tooth loss and tooth replacement.

Reasons for Tooth Loss

That are many reasons why a person may lose a tooth. One common reason is severe injury. Trauma to the mouth can cause a tooth to come loose. Ideally we’ll try to save the tooth itself, but sometimes the lost tooth cannot be placed again.

Tooth decay and gum recession is another reason that tooth loss can occur, particularly when it’s severe. Again, we ideally want to save the tooth or preserve as much of the tooth as possible, but sometimes the only feasible option is extraction and replacement.

Whatever the reason for your tooth loss, you can rest assured that our Astoria cosmetic dentists will have a dental restoration treatment that will meet your needs.

Why You Should Get Dental Restorations for Missing Teeth

One of the most obvious reasons why you should get a dental restoration after losing a tooth or multiple teeth is to restore the appearance of your smile. In fact, if you are missing multiple teeth, a dental restoration can restore the appearance of the face, especially around the cheeks and lips.

These dental restorations can also help you eat your favorite foods again. Many times, bite strength is severely diminished by tooth loss. With a dental restoration in place, you can go back to eating all of your favorite foods without hassle.

Let’s briefly look at the most common options for tooth replacement.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a removable dental restoration that literally bridges the gap between teeth. The dental bridges are held in place using braces secured around the adjacent remaining teeth.

Dentures

When you are missing too many teeth for dental bridges, dentures are a better option. Dentures are held in place using your gum structure, and the hold can be improved with denture creams.

Dental Implants

One of the best options to consider for tooth replacement is getting dental implants. Queens dental implants are not the replacement teeth themselves but rather artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded in your jawbone and gum tissue. Once healed, the dental implants will be able to secure dental bridges, dentures, or even a single dental crown.

Which option is the best for your needs?

The best option for you will depend on a number of different factors, including the amount of bone density and gum density in the area of the missing tooth and your suitability for surgical treatment. We can definitely discuss these in more detail when you come to our practice for a visit. To schedule an appointment with our team, please contact our Astoria cosmetic dentistry center today.

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