Missing Some Teeth? Explore Your Options

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. 

A missing tooth can cause low self-esteem, but it can also impact your oral health. Missing teeth make it harder to chew properly, which can lead to uneven wear and tear on your teeth. 

That’s why David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, of The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, offer several options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures and implants. In this blog, they discuss the benefits of restoring your smile and the services available.

Why replacing missing teeth matters

Edentulism and partial edentulism — which is the official term for missing one or more teeth — can have a big impact on your mental and physical health. Missing teeth can cause:

Restoring the form and function of your mouth is vital for maintaining good oral health. 

Replacement options

Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, you can get a stunning smile with any of the following options:

Dentures 

Dentures, which are sometimes called false teeth, are removable prosthetics that replace multiple teeth. Dentures are one of the most well-known options for replacing missing teeth. Dentures may be right for you if:

We offer both full and partial dentures.

Crowns and bridges

If you’re missing one tooth, you might consider a bridge. A bridge literally bridges the gap caused by a missing tooth. If you opt for a bridge, your teeth on either side of the gap receive crowns and become anchors to help support the prosthetic tooth. 

There are several types of bridges. Some bridges can even be supported by an implant. Depending on how many teeth you’re missing and where they’re located, we can help you determine the best type of bridge for your needs.

Dental implants

Dental implants are strong and sturdy prosthetic teeth that are implanted directly into your jawbone. The implant post fuses with your bone in a process called osseointegration, and that’s why implants are so strong. 

Implants are permanently anchored, so there’s no need to soak or rinse them each night like dentures. Dental implants are easy to clean, and with proper hygiene, they can last for decades. Dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, we can help you get back your beautiful smile. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.

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