“You know Doc, its just a back tooth. No one will see it so I’ll just get rid of it. It’s not going to make a difference.” Unfortunately, this is a frequent statement Dr. Doray hears from patients.
The truth is, though, it will make a difference. The loss of a single tooth can set a course that lead to the destruction of an entire mouth. Just like two gears of a car that are not properly aligned, pretty soon you’ve got a whole set of problems.
Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
In addition to cosmetic concerns there are other reasons to replace missing teeth.
Alignment of Teeth
When a tooth is lost, neighboring teeth can drift, moving into the vacant space. Other teeth will continue to drift and move. Eventually, the alignment of teeth can become significantly altered, affecting not only the appearance, but the ability to chew and speak comfortably.
Teeth are very important to retaining bone structure in the jaw and face. When a tooth is missing, the bone starts to deteriorate. Without replacing the tooth, loss of bone can be so significant that neighboring teeth are affected.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Example of an implant supported bridge to replace multiple missing teeth.
Dental implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, serving as replacements for missing teeth. A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. It helps to stabilize your jaw and does not affect healthy, surrounding teeth.
Made of titanium or other materials compatible with the human body, dental implants are an optimal solution for missing teeth. Dental implants have over a 95% success rate.
More natural looking and feeling than ever before, dentures or partial dentures can be used when a patient is missing several teeth. With the same look as natural teeth, dentures allow patients to chew, speak, and smile normally.
Full dentures replace all of the upper or lower teeth and can be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures are adhered to the gums through dental implants. They offer long-term benefits and require maintenance similar to natural teeth.
Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw and prevent remaining teeth from changing positions. As with full dentures, a partial denture may also be fixed or removable.
Why Choose Dr. Doray
Dr. Pamela Doray has been restoring dental implants since 1986. In addition to her extensive clinical experience with dental implants, she is also an educator with Biomet 3i, the third largest dental implant company in the world. This allows her to teach and mentor dentists who are learning to provide implant care. She has been involved in pilot studies utilizing the latest digital technology in dental implant treatment, and is pleased to offer state-of-the-art implant treatment to her patients. If you or anyone you know might benefit from dental implant treatment, or if you would like more information on dental implants, please call Dr. Doray at (215) 395-6076 or contact us online.