Missing teeth can cause a wide array of problems if they are not replaced. Food debris can build up in the missing tooth socket, attracting harmful bacteria that can inflame the gums. The remaining teeth can also shift to fill the gap left by a missing tooth, resulting in overcrowding. Dr. Pamela Doray helps patients replace their missing teeth in her Philadelphia, PA dental office. She can prevent decay and overcrowding using dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. During her consultations, Dr. Doray examines the smile and works with patients to determine the right dental restoration for their smiles.
Restorations for Missing Teeth
There are multiple options for patients, whether they have one or more missing permanent teeth:
Dental implants are titanium metal posts that are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Over time, the small implants fuse with the jaw bone tissue, becoming a permanent part of the smile. Single dental implants can restore one missing tooth, while multiple implants secure dental bridges and dentures. Before treatment, Dr. Doray makes sure that patients are in good oral health and have enough bone tissue to support the implants. She may recommend periodontal therapy or bone grafting prior to implant surgery for the best results.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that can restore multiple consecutive missing teeth. Traditionally, dental bridges are secured by natural teeth that are adjacent to the tooth gap. These teeth are covered by dental crowns. However, Dr. Doray will often recommend dental implants to secure a bridge. This is because dental implants are long-lasting. Dental implant-secured bridges do not shift around the mouth. Additionally, implants provide more strength than abutment teeth or the adjacent natural teeth that support bridges. Over time, these teeth may weaken. eventually, patients with bridges will need the security of dental implants.
For patients who are missing rows or arches of teeth, we recommend dentures. Partial dentures restore several missing teeth, and full dentures replace an upper or lower arch of teeth. Compared to dental bridges, partial dentures can replace teeth that are not next to each other. With dental implants, dentures can make it easier for patients to bite, speak, and eat comfortably. Dental implants provide a stable foundation for denture prosthetics. Removable dentures require messy adhesives to stay in the mouth. Even with these adhesives, removable dentures can slip. Implants offer a more stable bite that lasts.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want to restore one or more teeth with a dental restoration? Request a dental consultation with Dr. Doray on our website. New patients can call (215) 395-6076, and current patients may call (215) 772-3100. Let Dr. Doray know if you have any current concerns about missing teeth or have questions about your treatment options. She will be happy to discuss them with you at your next dental visit.