If you are missing teeth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible.
Missing teeth are a dental concern that can cause a ripple effect of subsequent oral and systemic health issues. Missing teeth not only affect the appearance of the smile but jeopardize the alignment of the teeth and the structure and stability of the bite. Patients with even one missing tooth should replace their teeth promptly.
Dr. Carter Perkins offers treatment options for replacing missing teeth. With over 25 years of experience and dedication to advanced education, Dr. Perkins provides modern dentistry from his state-of-the-art dental care facility in Dunnellon, FL.
Dr. Perkins believes in building positive dentist-patient relationships through honest communication and takes a comprehensive approach to restorative dentistry. Our dental care team conducts thorough dental health exams. We analyze and treat the whole mouth for long-term and stable oral health.
Missing Teeth & Related Oral Health Concerns
Patients with missing teeth are at a higher risk of developing a range of oral health and systemic health concerns. Missing teeth can allow teeth to shift creating a crooked smile. Once the teeth begin to move, the bite may become unbalanced, and teeth can suffer from excessive wear, chipping, or cracking.
Patients with one or more missing teeth are also more susceptible to additional tooth loss. Tooth loss leads to bone deterioration. Without the support of all of the teeth, the jawbone can begin to recede creating a sunken in or withdrawn jawline that may prematurely age the appearance of the patient. Missing teeth may also cause gum recession and gum disease.
Treatment Options: Replacing Missing Teeth
There are several treatment options for missing teeth. Treatment will vary depending on the number and location of missing teeth. The patient’s health, budget, lifestyle, and cosmetic goals are taken into consideration when choosing a missing tooth replacement option.
Perkins Dentistry utilizes the skills of our in-house lab technician, Ramone, to create custom-designed dental restorations. We use only the most modern dental materials for natural and beautiful results that can last for many years.
- Bridge- A dental bridge is commonly used to replace several consecutive missing teeth. A bridge can be attached to two adjacent teeth, or with dental implants for added stability and oral health benefits.
- Dentures- For patients missing a full arch or a full set of missing teeth, dentures are the most common treatment option. Dentures can be made to be removable or secured using dental implants. Implant secured dentures provide patients with added stability and improved chewing function.
- Dental Implants- Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth and can be used to replace one tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jaw and help support long-term stability of the jaw bone and better oral health. Learn more about dental implants:
Missing Teeth FAQs
What happens if you don’t replace missing teeth?
If missing teeth are left untreated, the surrounding teeth may shift. Once a tooth is missing from a socket, there is nothing left in place to stop shifting from occurring. Missing teeth may also cause gaps to form between teeth and teeth to become crooked.
What are the best options for missing teeth?
Patients with missing teeth have many options to treat and replace them. Dental implants are the most common option chosen by patients. If a patient is looking for the best option to fix their missing teeth cosmetically then veneers are the best option available.
Does missing teeth affect face shape?
Missing teeth can cause the shape of a patient’s face to change. This is because if you are missing a tooth, that is a missing piece of bone in your face. Your bones provide structure and support to the rest of your organs and muscles. If any part of bone in their jaw is missing then it will change the shape and structure of a patient’s face.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you are missing teeth and are looking for a natural, long-lasting replacement option, contact Dr. Perkins at our Dunnellon, FL dentist office. Perkins Dentistry welcomes new and returning patients to our Dunnellon, FL dentist office.
We accept new patients near Dunnellon, Bellvue, Citrus Springs, Inverness, Crystal River, and all of Citrus County. To request a dental health exam, contact our dentist office at (352) 292-8749 or request an appointment online.