For patients with missing teeth, Dr. Patrick L. Ousborne and Dr. Rikki Esterson offer dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Our restorative treatments are custom fit and color matched to blend in with natural teeth. A dental concern such as missing teeth should be addressed as soon as possible. Our state of the art dentist office in Towson, Maryland is well equipped to get your oral health back on track.
Why Do I Need to Replace my Missing Teeth?
Replacing missing teeth not only improves the look of your teeth but can benefit your oral health in the long run. When there are gaps between teeth as a result of tooth loss, the remaining teeth may shift and overcrowd spaces. This overcrowding makes it more difficult to clean teeth, which can result in problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Shifting of teeth also frequently leads to bite problems and increases your risk for periodontal disease. Prompt tooth replacement is the key to maintaining your dental health and a stable jaw structure.
Bone loss in the jaw can cause facial sagging and speech issues. However, this type of bone loss can be prevented by replacing the tooth at the root. Patients with missing teeth may find it more difficult to bite and chew normally, so a more balanced bite restores tooth function.
Treating Missing Teeth
These treatment options can improve the health of the teeth and gums while improving the aesthetics of your smile:
Dental implant treatment utilizes titanium posts that integrate with bone tissue in the jaw. A dentist will surgically insert them into the bone and then they need 3 to 6 months to heal. After that, the dentist will cover these dental implant posts with abutments. The last step is to restore the implants with a dental prosthesis. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, that will be a dental crown, dental bridge or denture.
If you are missing one or multiple consecutive teeth, a dental bridge may be the right choice for you. A dental bridge is made of a crown held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. For patients missing several teeth in a row, a bridge can be secured with dental implants. This offers a more secure solution and does not require harming your healthy, remaining teeth.
A denture is a set of false teeth that can replace missing teeth. There are full dentures that will replace a whole row of missing teeth. Then there are partial dentures that will replace a few missing teeth on an arch. However, patients who are missing whole arches of teeth can benefit from implant secured dentures. When secured with dental implants, full and partial dentures last longer and benefit the health of bone tissue. They also do not require messy adhesives.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you want to replace one or more missing teeth? Call (410) 828-1177 or request a consultation with Dr. Ousborne and Dr. Esterson on our website. If you have any questions about our restorative solutions, let us know during your consultation. We will be happy to help.