Posts for tag: Missing Teeth
On the way to adulthood, permanent teeth steadily erupt until, if all goes normally, you have a full set of teeth. Sometimes, though, one or more teeth may fail to form. This not only can affect your dental health, but it could also diminish your smile.
For example, if the lateral incisors on either side of the central incisors (the two teeth front and center) don't develop, it could create a smile that's “not quite right.” But we can vastly improve such a smile in one of three unique ways.
The first is to fill the resulting gap through canine substitution. This is an orthodontic method in which we use braces to move the pointed canine teeth, which normally position on the other side of the missing laterals, closer to the central incisors. This choice is determined by the size of the canine teeth. If they are slim in width, they can be re-shaped to make them appear more like a lateral incisor, and the gums possibly reshaped as well around them through cosmetic surgery.
We can also install a dental bridge, an appliance that fills the missing lateral space with prosthetic teeth. A traditional bridge requires the teeth on either side of the gap to be reduced in size, which becomes a permanent alteration to accommodate these crowns. This is a disadvantage in a young person. We can also use a “bonded bridge” which uses adhesives to attach extended pieces (or “wings”) of dental material from either side of the prosthetic tooth to one or more supporting teeth. These wings are behind the permanent teeth. Though not as durable as a traditional bridge, it does avoid altering the support teeth.
Finally, we can replace the missing teeth with dental implants. In this method, we install titanium metal posts into the jawbone at the missing tooth locations and then attach a life-like crown to each one. Implants may be more costly than other restorative methods and can take several months to complete. But they are life-like, highly durable, and don't require any alteration to other teeth. A disadvantage is that you should wait until at least 19 years of age to consider this option. What many people do is use a temporary solution until the proper age to do a dental implant.
Each of these methods have their advantages and disadvantages, which should be thoroughly reviewed in consultation with your dentist. And each may also require other dental work, such as initial orthodontics to open adequate space for a restoration. But any of these methods for correcting a missing lateral tooth can be effective and help restore both a healthier mouth and a more attractive smile.
If you would like more information on treating congenital dental defects, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”
Find out how this tooth replacement could give you your smile back.
If you are like millions of American adults out there who are missing several or all of your permanent teeth then you may be wondering what your treatment options are. No one wants to imagine going through life with large gaps in their smile and there is absolutely no reason you should. After all, our Lawrenceville, GA, dentists offer a variety of treatments to help you get your smile back. Today, you’re going to find out how dentures might be right for you.
What are dentures?
Dentures are an oral prosthetic that is designed to replace all or some of your missing teeth to improve your appearance and to fill gaps in your smile. Dentures are made up of a plastic base that resembles gum tissue. From this gum tissue sits a set of false teeth. Dentures may be held in place by clasps or by suction with natural gum tissue.
You can choose to get partial or full dentures, depending on the type of tooth loss you are dealing with. If you are dealing with total tooth loss then complete dentures will be the best option for getting a full smile back.
What are the benefits of getting dentures?
When you choose to get dentures from our Lawrenceville, GA, family dentist you will enjoy a variety of benefits including,
A restored smile
Anyone who is missing several or all of their teeth understands just how much their teeth do for them day in and day out. With tooth loss it can be challenging to bite, chew or even speak properly; fortunately, by getting dentures you can restore full function back into your smile.
Enjoy your favorite foods
It can be really challenging to eat a lot of your favorite foods when you are missing multiple teeth. Furthermore, those dealing with significant tooth loss often deal with nutritional deficiencies as a result. Imagine finally being able to eat a lot of your favorite foods again thanks to dentures. This can restore your love of mealtimes again but also improve your health, as well.
Boost your confidence
It’s amazing how much our smiles impact how confident we feel about our appearance. As you might already know, having gaps in your smile can make you more than a little self-conscious. You may even find that you never smile around friends or colleagues or that you cancel social engagements because of your smile. Dentures can give you the peace of mind that you need to feel more confident in the way you look.
Are you living with tooth loss in Lawrenceville, GA? Do you want to find out if dentures are ideal for your smile goals? If so, then call the dental experts at Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry to schedule your consultation.