Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life, impacting speech and dietary habits. Dr. Brent Blaylock offers teeth replacement options for patients who have lost one or more of their teeth due to an accident, injury or disease. Gum disease is the number one reason for tooth loss. Visit your dentist in Durham, NC for complete tooth replacement services in a caring environment.
Dr. Blaylock will perform a thorough exam and discuss a patient’s dental health and cosmetic goals before recommending appropriate treatment. The goal of tooth replacement is always to restore both oral health and the patient’s quality of life with results that are lasting.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth should be treated as quickly as possible. Once a tooth is lost, its root is no longer present to stimulate the bone. Without stimulation, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate.
It will continue to deteriorate if no treatment is sought, making replacement options more and more difficult and potentially affecting other teeth. Each tooth plays a vital role in your mouth especially in relation to your other teeth. When a missing tooth leaves a gap, it will affect your bite. This can cause the remaining teeth to shift into that space.
Missing Teeth Treatment Options
Dr. Blaylock offers many options for patients who are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth. The option that will work for you will depend on how many teeth you are missing and where they are located. While our Durham office does offer the traditional methods of replacement, we will always recommend dental implants if you qualify for them. Implants offer many more benefits compared to traditional dentures and bridges including a better quality of life.
Dental Implants – Dental implants are the most lifelike replacements for missing teeth. They are a permanent solution for tooth loss, with a success rate of more than 95%. Implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. They are the only option that will replace the tooth root thus preventing bone loss. Implants can be restored with a dental crown for a single missing tooth, or a denture or bridge when multiple teeth are missing. Learn more about dental implants:
- Dental Implants in Durham, NC
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants FAQ
- Types of Dental Implants
Dentures– A denture is a set of fake teeth that replace either the top or bottom teeth or both. We also offer partial dentures if there are some natural teeth remaining. Partials essentially fill in the gaps in your smile. Dr. Blaylock offers a variety of dentures including implant-supported dentures which offer better retention and long-term benefits compared to traditional removable dentures.
Dental Bridges – A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a set of fake teeth that are fused together with dental crowns on each end and are secured to existing teeth. To place a bridge, the adjacent natural teeth will need to be prepared to accommodate the crowns. There are many types of dental bridges available including implant secured dental bridges which are permanent and extremely long-lasting.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Is replacing teeth expensive?
There are many factors that will go into the cost of your teeth replacement. The number of teeth that are missing is the main cost determinant. Also, it depends on which treatment you decide to use. Dental implants is the most costly option however it also offers the greatest benefits. How much dental insurance coverage you have also determines the affordability. Many dental insurance plans offer partial coverage for dental restorations. To get an idea of the cost, it is best to schedule a consultation. Here, your dentist will create a treatment plan and we will be able to give you an estimated cost of treatment.
What causes missing teeth?
The number one cause of tooth loss is from lack of proper oral health. Many people develop oral diseases which eventually cause their teeth to fall out. There are some patients who suffer from dental anxiety and avoid the dentist. This will cause many oral health issue that will results in tooth loss. However, trauma to the mouth can also lead to tooth loss. No matter what causes it, we recommend immediate treatment to prevent further problems from developing.
How can I prevent tooth loss?
The best way to prevent tooth loss is to take good care of your teeth and gums. Daily brushing with a fluoride based toothpaste is vital. Also, you should floss at least once a day to remove food particles from in between your teeth. Visiting the dentist twice a year will help avoid tooth decay and gum disease, both of which lead to tooth loss. Additionally, having a healthy overall lifestyle and never using tobacco will contribute to good oral health and help you avoid tooth loss.