Missing teeth may be something you want to replace solely for personal reasons. But there are oral and overall health reasons why you want to make sure those missing teeth are replaced. A leader in cosmetic dentistry in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Kaplan can help you determine the best solution for replacing your missing teeth.
Why Do I Need to Replace my Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can have many impacts on your health. In addition to making you want to hide that smile, a missing tooth gives bacteria a place to thrive in the mouth. Bacterial infections, bone loss, and general decay are common due to the open space in the mouth. In addition, missing teeth can cause:
- Tooth decay
- More tooth loss
- Gum recession and disease
- Shifting teeth
- TMJ and bite disorders
- Loss of jawbone
- Sagging of the face
Missing teeth are so much more than just a gap in your smile. This is why restorative dentistry options are so important.
What are my Tooth Replacement Options?
Dental implants, bridges, and dentures are all viable options to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Kaplan offers advanced treatment options for your restorative needs in our Cincinnati dentist office.
Dental implants have become one of the most popular options for tooth replacement. They can cover almost every need and can be used for single or multiple missing teeth. Their success rate is also high, at 95%.
Dental implants also offer additional health benefits. If you’re suffering from bone loss due to your missing teeth, a dental implant can prevent further loss. The implant stimulates the jawbone to grow around it, minimizing changes in your appearance such as a shrunken look or facial sagging around the lower jaw.
Maybe the best part of dental implants is that they’re the most natural option. They look and feel the most like real teeth. You don’t have to restrict the things you eat because you’re worried something will happen to the implants. They’re durable and make you feel like you have regular teeth again.
Dental bridges usually replace multiple teeth in a row, but can also be used to replace just one. They’re anchored with your existing teeth or dental implants. However, not everyone may be qualified to use implants as anchors, and enamel has to be removed when attaching a bridge to existing teeth. Bridges also may not be as secure as a traditional dental implant and you may run into issues with stability.
Dentures are the usual option people think of when they need to replace a full arch or entire set of teeth. Far from the stereotypes of past dentures, modern ones should have no issues with falling out. They can sometimes be anchored by dental implants for extra stability if you want permanent dentures
The removable denture option is still available too. While they do fit snugly with updated technology, an adhesive is still required for them to stay in. You’ll still have foods you might want to avoid and it’ll be recommended that you take them out at night and soak them in a cleaning solution for the best results.
Your Cosmetic Dentist in Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Kaplan is a premier dentist with experience in all forms of dental restoration options. If you’re ready to fix the gaps in your smile, call us today or request an appointment online!