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.
Experienced prosthodontists, Dr. Patrick L. Ousborne and Dr. Rikki Esterson offer dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges to patients in Towson, Maryland. Our restorative treatments are custom-fit and color-matched to blend in with natural teeth. Learn more about how we treat dental concerns with restorative dental solutions below.
Treating Missing Teeth
These treatment options can improve the health of the teeth and gums while improving the aesthetics of your smile:
Dental Implants: Dental implant treatment utilizes titanium posts that integrate with bone tissue in the jaw. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, these posts are covered with an abutment and dental crown. The dental crown is made of porcelain ceramic and is designed to blend in with natural teeth.
Dental Bridges: If you are missing multiple consecutive teeth, dental bridges 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. This restoration can be secured with dental implants for a more secure solution.
Dentures: Patients who are missing whole arches of teeth can benefit from implant-secured dentures. When secured with dental implants, 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.