Are your missing teeth causing you more dental issues? Missing even one tooth compromises the health and stability of your entire smile.
Replace your missing teeth in the “smile zone” as soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, it compromises teeth alignment and bite function. Teeth are susceptible to damage or shifting without this root structure, thus causing more complex dental health concerns. Replacing lost teeth as soon as possible can prevent further deterioration of your oral health.
Today, patients can choose from dental implants, dental bridges, or dentures to replace lost teeth. Modern dental restorations allow patients to enjoy a more beautiful, confident smile and improved oral health.
Replacing missing teeth can prevent:
- Gum disease
- Additional tooth loss
- Teeth from shifting
- Bone loss
- Facial sagging
- Jaw pain
- Reduced bite function
Replacing Missing Teeth Plantation, FL
Dr. Dham is a member of the International Congress of Implantologists. She commits over 80 hours a year to continuing education including courses to advance her skills in the field of implant dentistry.
Whenever possible, Dr. Dham will recommend that patients replace their teeth with the support of dental implants for their long-term oral health benefits. Dr. Dham offers different options for replacing teeth that fit a diverse range of cosmetic goals and budgets.
Westside Dental Center provides every patient with attentive care and a personalized treatment plan to address their missing teeth. Your dentist will determine your treatment choices on several factors.
Factors such as a patient’s overall oral health, bone density, and personal goals. We are a judgment-free dental office, that dedicates each day to maintaining your oral health as healthy as possible.
- Missing a single tooth: Dr. Dham can replace a tooth with a single dental implant. Your dentist can place a single implant into the root socket to mimics the natural tooth structure. Then, she caps the dental implant with a custom-designed dental crown. The final restoration will look and function like a real permanent tooth. There is no extra care with maintaining a dental implant.
- Missing multiple teeth: For patients with several consecutive missing teeth, a dental bridge may be the best treatment choice. Your dentist can attach a dental bridge to adjacent healthy teeth, or anchor it in place using dental implants.
- Missing a full arch of teeth: Dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Modern dentures at our office look and feel more like natural teeth than ever before. Your dentist can secure a denture using dental implants to improve stability, comfort, and promote better oral health.
Missing Teeth FAQs
What problems can a missing tooth cause?
In some cases, one missing tooth can cause the rest of the teeth to shift in order to fill the gap. Minor shifts in your teeth will influence tooth alignment. Crooked teeth may also be more difficult to floss and clean. This may lead to gum disease and tooth loss, due to difficulties in removing plaque.
Does losing teeth affect your health?
If you wait long to replace a missing tooth, your risk of gum disease increases. There are a number of other serious health problems that gum disease can cause as well, such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and cancer.
Does losing teeth shorten your life?
Studies have shown that tooth loss can shorten one’s life expectancy. This is because of all the effects mentioned above. It is important to take care of your teeth to maintain your overall health.
How long can you go without replacing a missing tooth?
Missing teeth are something that need to be addressed without waiting. After having teeth extracted, you shouldn’t wait more than four to six months before getting implants or another option to replace them.
What happens when a tooth is removed and not replaced?
After having a tooth extracted, you should plan to have a replacement tooth placed. Bones in the mouth may deteriorate and lose density if teeth aren’t replaced. In addition to the possible movement of other teeth, your ability to chew may be compromised. Call our office to discuss tooth replacement options today!
Do missing teeth affect speech?
Some sounds may be difficult to pronounce without your front teeth, however missing back molars won’t have much of an impact on your ability to speak normally. The impact a missing tooth has depends on its natural function and placement.
What happens if you have untreated missing teeth?
When teeth are lost, the position of the jaw and the shape of the mouth change, which may also alter the overall appearance of the face. Likewise, the remaining teeth may shift and move due to the extra space, and your bite may vary to make up for the loss. Tooth sensitivity, tooth grinding, and difficulty eating are just some of the other problems that can arise from untreated missing teeth.
We Welcome New Patients
If you are missing teeth, contact Westside Dental Center. Our practice is a modern and welcoming dental office in Plantation, FL. We invite patients from communities in and around Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Sunrise, and Davie to visit us at our patient-focused dental care practice.
To learn how comprehensive, personalized dentistry can help improve your smile, contact our Plantation dental office at (954) 251-0640 or request an appointment online today.