Do you want a fuller and more balanced smile? Replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth today with the help of the professional team at Tyma Trachtenberg Dental. Dr. Mark Tyma, Dr. Brian Trachtenberg, and Dr. Peter Bullock are dentists who are knowledgable in solutions that restore missing or lost teeth. We have a commitment to provide high standards and take a conservative approach to dentistry.
Treatments for Missing Teeth at Tyma Trachtenberg Dental
Several treatments may need to be undergone before we can replace lost teeth. If you have crooked teeth, we offer clear braces. Tooth decay caused by gum disease may be treated through periodontal therapy. Then one of these treatments below may be chosen.
One or multiple missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone. After a healing period of 3 to 6 months, during which the post fuses to tissue, the implant is fitted with a dental crown. Dental implants act as new tooth roots and help improve the tooth structure.
Several consecutive missing teeth are often replaced by a dental bridge. Dental bridges can be removable or secured by dental implants. This solution allows patients to easily bite and chew and ensure that the tooth structure stays intact.
Dentures and Partials
Whole arches of teeth can be replaced with dentures. Full and partial dentures are similar to dental bridges in that they can be secured with dental implants for a more stable and permanent restoration.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Can a missing tooth affect other teeth?
Missing teeth can affect surrounding teeth. One missing tooth increases the risk of losing surrounding teeth. It also increases the risk of teeth shifting to fill gaps.
How long can you wait to replace a missing tooth?
We almost always advise to replace a missing tooth to prevent teeth from shifting. If you had a tooth extraction, we recommend that you wait four to six months before having an operation performed to replace it. This gives the gums time to heal.
Can missing teeth cause digestive problems?
Missing teeth can cause the stomach to produce more acid than it needs. This can cause digestive issues, such as indigestion and stomach lining erosion.
Do missing teeth cause wrinkles?
Missing teeth can cause wrinkles. Missing teeth can cause your jaw to ascend, which may cause wrinkles and premature aging.
Do missing teeth affect speech?
Missing teeth can affect your speech. Your teeth are crucial to pronunciation, so missing teeth can alter this greatly. Certain words and sounds may be more difficult than others depending on which teeth you are missing.
How long does it take to adjust to a missing tooth?
It may take anywhere from four to six months to adjust to a missing tooth. It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent tooth shifting along with other issues.
Problems with Missing Teeth
Many problems can occur if the gaps left by missing teeth are not filled soon enough:
- Bone loss
- Shifting teeth
- Facial sagging
- Difficulty chewing
- Crooked teeth
- Speech issues
- Tooth decay
If you have noticed that you suffer from any of these dental conditions and believe they may stem from your missing teeth, call our office for treatment today. Call Tyma Trachtenberg Dental at (215) 261-7392. Request an appointment with our dental team online. If you have any more questions about restorative solutions for missing teeth our dentists will be happy to help.