Are you missing one or more teeth? Do you want to renew your self-confidence as well as your oral health?
Dr. Glen Wainwright is a dentist in Austin, Texas that provides restorative treatment to patients with lost or missing teeth. Replacing missing teeth not only looks aesthetically pleasing but can benefit your oral health in the long-run. Teeth may shift and overcrowd when there are gaps between teeth. Overcrowding makes it more difficult to clean teeth, which can result in infection.
Having durable solutions for this dental concern also allows for restored function. Patients with missing teeth may find it more difficult to bite and chew normally, so a more balanced bite makes it easier to use teeth. Missing teeth treatments are custom-fit for patient’s comfort and are color-matched to blend in with natural teeth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Particularly if you have only one missing tooth, you may not think that missing teeth is an issue. This is also true if your missing tooth isn’t prominently featured when you smile. But missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue.
Missing teeth strongly impact your oral health. When you lose a tooth, the bone in that area immediately starts to deteriorate. Your face starts to sag and it makes you look older in that area. Bone loss can also impact the teeth around it, making them more likely to have problems.
When you have a gap in your smile, the teeth around it start to shift and try to fill that gap. Not only will you have missing teeth to treat, but you may have to treat crooked teeth as well. If you’ve had Invisalign or previous other orthodontic treatment, you may have to get treatment again to take care of the relapse.
Missing teeth lead to an uneven bite as well. When you close your jaw, the pressure may be distributed unevenly. Teeth are more likely to chip or crack because they’re taking on more pressure than they’re used to. An uneven bite is a cause of TMJ disorders too. These cause pain and a loss of function throughout the jaw joint and face.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth in Austin, TX
These treatment options can improve teeth and gums as well as the natural aesthetic of your smile:
Dental Implants: This durable treatment option utilizes titanium posts that integrate with bone tissue in the jaw. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, the posts are capped off with an abutment and dental crown. The dental crown is custom-made to match the patient’s natural teeth. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, so they are a very popular permanent option for replacing lost or missing teeth.
Dental Bridges: Are you missing multiple consecutive teeth? Dental bridges may be the right choice for you. Dental bridges can be secured with dental implants and also can use adjacent teeth as support. Patients can “bridge the gap” between missing teeth for a fuller and more balanced smile.
Dentures and Partials: Patients with whole arches of missing teeth can benefit from removable or implant-secured dentures. This solution is an especially stable option when used with dental implants because they are made of durable titanium posts. In fact, securing a denture with implants offer more effective treatment.
Call our Dentist in Austin, TX for a Consultation Today
If you are interested in replacing missing teeth in Austin, Texas, call us at 512-518-6392. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Wainwright on his dental website.