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Missing Teeth: Causes and Solutions

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one of their teeth. That’s about half of the U.S. population.

Missing teeth are common, and people may feel ashamed or embarrassed of their smile. However, there are treatment options that replace teeth for a more natural look.

Risk Factors

There are some habits and factors that may make you more prone to losing teeth:

  • Overconsumption of alcohol
  • Malnutrition
  • Smoking

But what causes missing teeth in the first place?

Causes of Missing Teeth

Teeth may fall out or degrade in multiple ways due to these conditions:

  • Gum disease
  • Bone disease
  • Injury
  • Tooth decay
  • Genetics

It is important to replace missing teeth because they are integral to oral health. A gap made by a missing tooth can soon become crowded by shifting teeth. Shifting teeth may become crooked and make it difficult to clean. Tooth decay can develop in the spaces between teeth that are hard to clean.

Despite this possibility, problems can be prevented with treatment.

Treatment Options

Dr. Marvin M. Kaplan offers multiple options for treatment to his patients. Before treatment, Dr. Kaplan will create a custom plan that fits your oral health needs.

Dental Implants

With a 95% success rate, dental implants are an effective treatment for missing teeth. After placement with a temporary bridge, crown or denture, dental implants must heal for 3 to 6 months. Then the implants are permanently secured.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can be bonded to a dental implant for a natural look. This solution reinforced teeth and is color matched to other teeth.

Dental Bridges

Like crowns, dental bridges help strengthen missing teeth. Dental bridges are commonly used to replace and secure several teeth. This solution also utilizes durable materials for long-lasting results.


For patients missing the upper or lower arch of teeth, dentures are a great option. Dentures can be permanent or removable depending on the patient’s need.

Schedule an Appointment

If you want an effective treatment to replace your missing teeth and improve your oral health, call (513) 342-2644 or schedule an appointment with us online here.