What Are My Options For Missing Teeth?

Have you just lost a permanent tooth? Do you have multiple missing teeth? Our dentists can help. We offer dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures for patients missing permanent teeth. These dental restorations not only improve the look of the smile but also prevent further problems that missing teeth cause. Here you can discover why it is important to replace missing teeth as well as your options for restoration in our Clarkston, MI office. 

Missing Teeth in Clarkston, Michigan

Why Replace Missing Teeth in Clarkston, MI?

If patients have a single lost tooth, they can be prone to future dental problems. Natural teeth can shift to fill in a gap left by one or more teeth. Shifting teeth can overcrowd and create an uneven bite. An uneven bite may contribute to TMJ disorders, marked by jaw and tooth pain as well as teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism).

Additionally, bacteria can accumulate in the space left by missing teeth. Patients who lose teeth due to decay are also at risk of losing more teeth if they do not receive the right treatment. Replacing missing teeth creates a stable bite and prevents problems like gum recession and further tooth loss.

Our Dental Restorations for Lost Teeth

  • Implants: Dental implants are small titanium screws that we place in the jawbone. Once the dental implant heals and fuses with the jawbone, we can attach a crown, bridge, or denture. Traditional restorations are removable or need support from adjacent teeth to stay. However, implants are a stable option to replace one or more teeth. The implant posts are permanent if patients continue to care for their smiles and visit the dentist regularly.
  • Dental Bridges: A bridge can restore one to four missing teeth. If you have multiple lost teeth and require the support of implants, we can help you get support for a dental bridge. Implant-secured dental bridges do not require natural teeth to replace missing teeth. Typically, traditional bridges use the support of natural teeth capped by dental crowns. A single dental implant or several implants can support a bridge.
  • Dentures: Patients with multiple rows or even arches of lost teeth can receive dentures. Removable dentures use messy adhesives to stay in place. Dentures lay on the gums and do not support healthy bone or gum tissue. Implant-supported dentures create a stable foundation for false teeth at the root. We also offer All-On-Four for patients with full arches of lost teeth. Patients can get four or more implants to support an upper or lower tooth arch. 

Contact our dental office to restore missing teeth at 248-985-2906. Feel free to schedule a dental appointment with us online. If you have questions about your missing teeth or treatment options, let us know at your next consultation. We are always here to help.