Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can impact your health and affect the quality of your life. Missing teeth make it difficult to eat, speak and maintain oral hygiene in addition to making you feel self-conscious or embarrassed of your smile. Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth or a full arch of teeth, it is essential to have them replaced as soon as possible.
Missing teeth are a serious oral health concern. Left untreated missing teeth can cause a whole range of oral and systemic health problems. Patients with missing teeth are more susceptible to developing gum disease, shifting of teeth and further tooth loss.
Missing teeth can also lead to the deterioration of the jaw bone. Without the root structure of the missing tooth, the jaw bone loses integrity and will begin to recede. Once the bone structure begins to deteriorate it becomes more difficult to replace missing teeth. As the jaw bone loses mass teeth may also begin to shift and you may require additional advanced dental restorations.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth in Knoxville, TN
Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible can help restore the function of your bite and deter the development of advanced dental health problems. Knoxville, TN periodontist and implant dentist Dr. Robert Cain, provides personalized and comprehensive advanced treatment for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Cain is a highly trained and experienced implant dentist.
Although there are many options today for replacing one or more lost teeth, dental implants provide the most natural looking and functioning results with the highest rate of overall patient satisfaction. Other restorations may require costly touch-ups and replacement over the years. With proper dental care and good oral hygiene, a dental implant can last a lifetime.
Dental implants are now the standard for missing teeth replacement. Small titanium screws are strategically implanted into the jaw bone and function like a prosthetic root structure. Once healed, the post is capped with a natural looking and functional dental restoration. Dental implants are the most natural and durable tooth replacement option and the benefits of dental implants are long term.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Natural looking and feeling
- 98% success rate
- Promotes natural bone growth
- Deters recession of the jaw bone
- Permanent restoration
- No special maintenance
- Improve confidence & function
Dr. Cain also performs tooth extractions when considered necessary for your long term dental health. Dr. Cain, a specialist in Periodontics and Implantology, can skillfully and painlessly remove teeth and replace them using dental implants.
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Missing Teeth FAQs
What can the dentist do for missing teeth?
Dentists offer three options when it comes to fixing gaps from missing teeth. Dental implants are one of the more common options because they function and look just like natural teeth. Bridges fix gaps by attaching to the two teeth surrounding the gap. They also look and feel natural. Partial dentures are the last option. They are removable but still function and look like your natural teeth.
Cam Invisalign work for missing teeth?
Yes, Invisalign can work with one or more missing teeth. Most patients replace the missing teeth after their teeth have been corrected with Invisalign. It is actually preferred to have your teeth fixed and aligned before having missing teeth replaced.
What are the long term effects of untreated missing teeth?
Leaving missing teeth untreated can cause bite alignment issues, and can lead to gum disease. It also may affect speaking and eating. Leaving missing teeth untreated is also known to cause bone loss. This is harmful to patients overall health, not just their oral health, so it is important to fix missing teeth before they cause damage.
Schedule A Consultation with our Periodontist Today
Dr. Cain is happy to provide second opinions for any patients considering dental implants. Dental implants are an investment in your oral health and can improve your quality of life. Contact Knoxville East Tennessee Periodontics to learn how dental implants can restore function, beauty, and health to your smile. Our dental care team focuses their work on periodontal and dental implant dentistry for the long term well being of our patients. Contact our Knoxville, TN periodontal office or request a consultation online.