Can Missing Teeth Affect Your Health?

One of the most common areas of dental work we get asked about involves missing teeth. People want to know how to replace missing teeth, as well as whether replacing them is truly necessary, outside of cosmetic purposes. Please read on and reach out to our experienced dental team to learn more about missing teeth and how we can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Why is it important to replace missing teeth?

No matter the cause of your missing teeth, it is extremely important to have them replaced as soon as possible. The longer you wait to replace them, the longer mouth will go without contact with the opposing tooth arch. Unfortunately, this all too often causes teeth to extrude. This causes your teeth to shift, eventually leading to tooth loss, fractures, and additional gum problems.

What is the best option for replacing missing teeth?

There are three primary courses of treatment people can get to replace their missing teeth. In many cases, people will go for implant crowns and bridges. These are a great option for people who are missing multiple teeth in a row. In other cases, people will choose dentures, whether it be implant-supported dentures, snap-in dentures, or otherwise. Finally, many people choose dental implants as the ideal means for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants fuse with your bone, which frequently makes them ideal for patients who are missing one or more teeth. What’s more, you should feel at ease knowing dental implants have a 95% success rate.

What happens when I get a dental implant?

There are three basic steps to a dental implant procedure. First, the implant will be surgically placed into the jawbone. From here, you will have to let your implant heal. In this phase, the bone will begin to grow around the implant. Generally, the healing process takes from a few to several months. Once completely healed, you will go back to the dentist, where he will actually replace your missing teeth with a custom-made crown, bridge, or dentures. From here, your dentist will attach the implants to the implant posts, and you’ll be all set for many years to come. No matter your situation, if you are missing teeth, you know you can always rely on the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge to guide you through, every step of the way.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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