Do you have one or more missing teeth? Do you want to restore your natural smile?
If missing teeth are left untreated, they can increase your risk of developing dental and systemic health concerns. If you are missing one tooth or if you’re missing all of your teeth, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Dr. Leah Romay provides dental restorations for missing teeth in Glyndon, Maryland at the Baltimore Dental Co.
Missing teeth are a common dental concern that can lead to bone loss, jaw recession, additional missing teeth, shifting of teeth, and an increased risk of tooth decay. Patients with missing teeth also have an increased risk of developing gum disease, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation. Replacing your missing teeth can restore the function, health, and appearance of your smile.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
Common causes of tooth loss may include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Tooth trauma
- Sports injury
If you have recently knocked out a tooth, call Baltimore Dental Co. so that we can offer a replacement as soon as possible. We provide multiple types of dental restorations to fill the gaps in your smile.
Replacing Missing Teeth
Missing a single tooth: A single missing tooth can be replaced with a dental implant. Dental implants are made of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. We can surgically place a single implant into the missing tooth socket. After a period of three to six months
Missing multiple teeth: If you have several consecutive missing teeth, you may benefit from a dental bridge. A dental bridge can be attached to adjacent natural teeth or anchored in the mouth with dental implants.
Missing a full arch of teeth: Dentures can replace one or more full arches of missing teeth. When secured by dental implants, dentures are a permanent restoration. Removable dentures can slip around the mouth and require messy adhesive. Implant-supported dentures are a longer-lasting treatment.
MISSNG TEETH FAQS
What problems do missing teeth cause?
When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth may shift to fill the gap. The alignment of your bite is dependent on the stability of your teeth. Missing teeth may make it more challenging to clean between them. Since plaque becomes more stubborn to remove, gum disease and tooth loss become more likely.
Does losing teeth affect speech?
When teeth are missing, it may be more challenging to pronounce certain sounds or words. This is because the lips, teeth, and tongue all need to be in the right place in order for words to be said correctly. For example, pronouncing “tooth” without pressing your tongue to your front teeth is quite challenging.
Do missing teeth cause wrinkles?
Wrinkles that extend from the lips to the cheeks, can develop when the jaw rises due to tooth loss. If missing teeth are not treated it may cause wrinkles to appear more prevalent, making you appear older than you actually are.
Can a missing tooth affect other teeth?
When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth may shift position, which can lead to problems with the alignment of the entire dental structure. If this is not treated, more of your teeth may be harmed over time.
How common are missing teeth?
One of the most frequent developing oral health disorders is missing teeth. According to dentists, missing teeth affect as many as 20% of adults.
Call Our Glyndon, MD Dental Office
Do you want a fuller and more balanced smile? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Romay online today or call Baltimore Dental Co. at 410.220.4680.