It may be surprising to hear, but did you know that approximately 150 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? While missing a single tooth may not seem significant, the implications it holds for your oral health are more extensive than you would initially think. That’s why Chittenango Family Dental offers multiple solutions to get your smile restored, regardless of the number of teeth you’re missing. Call our dental office to schedule an appointment and determine your options for effective tooth replacement!
It doesn’t matter if you’re missing a tooth that’s visible in your smile or not. The moment a tooth is lost, neighboring teeth will begin to shift into the open space left behind. This will cause your teeth to become misaligned and negatively affect your overall bite. Furthermore, the more teeth you lose, the higher your chances are of future tooth loss. Replacing teeth is not just about giving you confidence about your smile or expanding your diet, but ensuring that your future oral health stays positive.
Dental bridges are ideal for replacing multiple teeth at a time. If you need a tooth extracted, this will be the initial option that we recommend to fill the gap in your smile. Bridges consist of a series of pontics (false teeth) with a crown on either side. To anchor the bridge, a small amount of enamel is removed from neighboring teeth in order to create a stable foundation for long-term use.
If you’re missing several teeth on either side of your mouth or need to restore an entire arch, full and partial dentures can provide an effective and affordable solution. Both versions consist of acrylic and porcelain materials in order to blend in with your smile. Full dentures are held in by the natural shape and suction of your oral structures, while partial dentures make use of metal clasps that wrap around existing teeth.
For those looking for an even more stable fit to their replacement teeth, dental implants offer long-term functionality and exceptional aesthetics. After you’ve completed a consultation to determine your eligibility for implants as well as had them placed by an oral surgeon offsite, you’ll come back to our dental office to have your implant restored with either a crown or bridge. With proper care, your implants should last several decades without much concern.