Missing teeth can be cosmetically unappealing and affect your ability to speak and chew properly. The teeth are also a vital structure that supports the surrounding bone. Thus, losing teeth can be a traumatic and stressful experience. It often affects a person’s self-esteem and confidence.
Tooth loss can happen for several reasons, like tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. At Burba Dental Partners, we offer several options to replace a missing tooth.
Reasons for Missing Teeth
Severe tooth decay or cavities can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. When the decay reaches the tooth's pulp, it can cause infection and pain, necessitating a root canal or extraction.
Advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease causes the supporting tissues and bone around the teeth to deteriorate, resulting in tooth mobility and eventual loss.
Trauma or Injury
Accidents, sports-related injuries, or facial trauma can result in losing one or more teeth. The teeth may be knocked out entirely or severely damaged, requiring replacement.
As we age, natural wear and tear and factors such as gum disease and dental problems can contribute to tooth loss.
Sometimes, a tooth may need to be extracted due to extensive damage, overcrowding, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
Options for Replacing Missing Teeth
Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. They involve the surgical placement of titanium implants into the jawbone to serve as artificial tooth roots. Once the implants have been fused with the bone, they can support individual crowns, bridges, or implant-supported dentures. Dental implants offer excellent stability, durability, and a natural appearance.
Implant-supported dentures combine the stability of dental implants with the convenience of removable dentures. Dental implants are strategically placed in the jawbone to support a removable denture, improving strength and reducing denture movement during speaking or eating.
All-on-4 or All-on-6 Implants
All-on-4 or All-on-6 implants are specific implant-supported denture techniques for edentulous or severely compromised arches. With this technique, a complete arch of teeth is supported by four or six strategically placed implants. The implants provide stability and support for a complete denture, eliminating the need for individual implants for each missing tooth.
Mini Dental Implants
Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter than regular implants and can be used in cases with reduced bone density. They primarily support removable dentures or stabilize loose and ill-fitting dentures.
It is essential to address missing teeth promptly to maintain oral health and overall well-being. Visit Burba Dental Partners at 129 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970, or call (978) 703-0133 to determine the most suitable treatment option based on your needs and oral health condition.