Many patients visit our office looking to learn more about their tooth replacement options following tooth loss. It is very important to replace missing teeth before they cause a variety of complex dental concerns. People with missing teeth are more likely to experience concerns like tooth decay and gum disease. This is because missing teeth create new, hard-to-reach spaces within your smile for bacteria and food residue to get caught in. Even patients with the most thorough oral hygiene habits struggle to keep their smiles clean following tooth loss. Additionally, missing teeth mess with your bite pattern and can make daily tasks like chewing and speaking more difficult than they should be. Learn how we help patients with missing teeth restore their smiles in our Bethesda, MD dentist office.
Replace Missing Teeth in Bethesda, MD
Dr. Khanna provides advanced solutions for complex problems, from tooth repair to tooth replacement. She is happy to consult with you on your restorative dentistry needs and come up with a plan to replace your missing teeth. Our office offers a wide range of restorative dentistry solutions to get you back on track toward your dream smile. Some of our tooth replacement options include:
Dental bridges are a restorative solution to replace missing teeth that require the support of your surrounding teeth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place of the missing tooth. Perfect for replacing one missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth, dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that do not require a surgical procedure like dental implants do.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants involve a surgically implanted titanium post which fuse together with your jawbone. Once healed, this post will give your restoration tooth-root functionality. Our office his happy to restore dental implants once they have been surgically placed. Patients enjoy dental implants because they do not require the maintenance and dietary restrictions that dental bridges require.
Dentures & Partials
If you are missing most of all of your teeth, you should consider dentures and partials. Dentures and partials are removable appliances that adhere to your soft tissues while in use. They effectively replace a full arch of teeth and can restore your smile after significant tooth loss.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Do I have to replace my missing teeth?
It is better for your oral and overall health if you replace any missing teeth. Gaps in your smile can actually cause many problems with your health. Problems such as difficulty chewing, an altered bite, jawbone loss, higher probability of developing tooth decay and gum disease, and lower self-esteem are all common in people with missing teeth. Replacing them is the only way to avoid these issues.
What is the best way to replace missing teeth?
Dental implants are by far the best way to replace missing teeth. This solution will hold any dental restoration in place better than any of the traditional methods. Using teeth implants will allow the false teeth to function more like natural teeth and they will look just like real teeth. Additionally, implants are the only solution that will prevent bone loss in the jaw.
How can I prevent tooth loss?
The best way to prevent tooth loss is by taking good care of your oral health. Poor oral hygiene habits are the number one reason for tooth loss today. Good habits include brushing multiple times a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing at least once a day, and visiting your dentist every six months. Sometimes accidents happen and cannot be avoided. While it is impossible to prevent them at all times, you can protect your teeth in some situations. While playing contact sports, we suggest wearing a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth from major damage. Also, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, a custom nite guard will protect your teeth from wearing down and cracking.