Missing teeth can have a detrimental effect on quality of life, impacting speech and dietary habits. Dr. Brent Blaylock offers replacement options in his Durham dentist office 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.
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, it’s 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 in to 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 over 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:
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 a 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.