The American College of Prosthodontists estimates that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth do more than leave unsightly holes in your smile — they can also negatively impact your oral health. At Glad Dental P.C. in the Bronx, New York, the dedicated dentists offer a wide variety of missing tooth replacement services to give you a smile that’s whole and healthy again. To get started, schedule a consultation by calling the office or booking a visit online today.
There are a variety of conditions that can lead to a missing tooth. Some of the more common reasons include:
Whatever has led you to have missing teeth, the team of dental experts at Glad Dental P.C. can make your smile whole again with high-quality replacements.
Missing teeth leave unsightly holes in your smile that can detract from your appearance and make you feel self-conscious. When you don’t feel confident in your smile, you’re less likely to share it with the world.
Having gaps in your smile also negatively impacts your overall oral health. Missing teeth can cause your remaining teeth to move out of alignment as they gradually drift towards the empty space in your smile. This shifting of your teeth can throw off the distribution of force in your bite, which can lead to excessive wear and tear in certain areas of your smile and put you at a higher risk for developing jaw disorders, like TMJ.
Missing teeth also deprive your jawbone of necessary stimulation. Without a tooth root to stimulate your bone tissue, your jawbone begins to break down, or resorb. This ultimately makes your jaw weaker and can change the appearance of your face as your muscles around your missing teeth begin to cave in, leading to a sunken-in appearance.
Glad Dental P.C. offers a variety of services to replace your missing teeth, including:
A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that replaces a missing tooth from your smile with an artificial tooth, called a pontic. The pontic is held in place by crowns that are affixed to the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth, effectively “bridging” the gap in your smile.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically inserted into your jawbone. They’re made of titanium, which the body doesn’t recognize as a foreign substance, allowing your jawbone to actually fuse with your implant. Once in place, a dental implant stimulates your jawbone and provides a strong and sturdy foundation on top of which your dentist can affix a crown, bridge, or dentures.
If you’re getting dentures to replace all or most of the teeth in your smile, dental implants are an excellent technology for holding your dentures in place. Implant-supported dentures provide your jawbone with healthy stimulation while being more comfortable and firmly fixed in your mouth.
To learn more about how Glad Dental P.C. can improve your smile with missing tooth replacement services, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.