If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, it is important to replace them. Missing teeth can cause multiple problems for your oral and overall health. If patients already have teeth missing due to tooth decay or gum disease, an infection can spread to other natural teeth. The gaps left by missing teeth also can accumulate bacteria. Any natural teeth remaining in the mouth may move to close the gap left by one or more lost teeth. This can result in overcrowding, an uneven bite, and tooth decay.
At Rosedale Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dental team helps patients replace missing teeth in Rosedale, MD. We have restorative dental solutions that improve the look and function of the teeth and gums. These treatments can not only improve the look of the smile but also support the long-term health of our patients.
Restorative Treatment for Missing Teeth
Our dental office offers multiple dental restorations for patients missing one or more teeth. Discover more about these treatment options here:
A dental implant is a titanium screw that an oral surgeon inserts underneath the gum line. The implant post fuses with the jaw bone tissue over a 3 to 6 month period. After the implant heals, it can be capped off with a dental crown. We will recommend dental implants to secure bridges and dentures. This is because they provide stability at the root. Implant-secured dental bridges and dentures require fewer repairs and do not need to be rebased.
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can restore a row of consecutive lost teeth in the mouth. Traditionally, dental bridges are secured by natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth gap. These natural teeth are covered by dental crowns. However, the false teeth held in place by crown-capped teeth do not support the health of the gums. Dental implants may be used to replace teeth at the root and secure the false teeth in place. This supports both the health of the teeth and gums.
Dentures are commonly categorized as full or partial. Partial dentures restore multiple rows of missing teeth, and full dentures can replace one or more full arches of teeth. Traditional dentures are removable and are held in place by adhesive. But the adhesive lays on top of the gums and can easily slip around the mouth. Patients with removable dentures are often only able to eat soft foods and may have speech issues. With dental implants, patients do not have to worry about their dentures falling out. Implant-secured dentures help patients eat harder and chewier foods. Because implants fuse with the jaw bone tissue, they provide a stable foundation for dentures.
Contact Us Today
Do you want to replace your lost or missing teeth with durable dental restorations? Request a dental appointment with our dental team online. You can also call Rosedale Family and Cosmetic Dentistry at (410) 376-8548. Let us know if you have any questions about your restorative options at your next dental visit. We will gladly help.