Why Replace Missing Teeth?

Do you have a missing tooth or teeth?

You may feel self-conscious and hide your smile because of missing tooth gaps. Millions of people in the U.S. have one or several missing teeth, and there are treatments that restore smiles so that they are fuller and healthier.

Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can cause an array of oral health problems. If the gaps left by missing teeth are not filled in, several problems can occur, such as:

  • Shifting Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Bone Loss
  • Speech Issues
  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Bite Irregularities
  • Speech Issues

However, there are options for missing teeth that can improve oral health and prevent some of these problems from occuring.

Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

Dr. Robert Cain and the professionals at East Tennessee Periodontics make it their mission to provide long-lasting and comfortable dental care. Before treatment, Dr. Cain will assess the health of your teeth and bone tissue and review your goals and budget with you. Some restorative options for missing teeth include:

Dental Implants

For one or more missing teeth, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants are made up of titanium posts which are surgically placed into the jawbone. Over a period of three to six months, the posts fuse to the jawbone for a stable foundation. A permanent crown is then placed on the implant for a natural look.

Dental Bridges

If you have several consecutive missing teeth, dental bridges may be right for you. Dental bridges can be secured with dental implants for a more secure end result.


Dentures can be an excellent option for patients who are missing their upper or lower arch of teeth. Like dental bridges, dentures can be secured with implants. Dentures also restore the form and function of teeth, making it easier to bite and chew.

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Schedule an Appointment

Create a fuller and healthier smile. Call East Tennessee Periodontics at (865) 280-1173 today. You can also schedule an appointment with our professionals online here.