At Morris County Dental Associates, we know that losing a tooth to injury or decay can be difficult. Having gaps in your smile may make you lose self-confidence. However, there’s a way to create a more balanced smile with natural-looking results. Dr. Ira Goldberg is a dentist in Succasunna, New Jersey that restores missing teeth with dental implants, dental bridges, and full and partial dentures. Dr. Goldberg is dedicated to helping patients receive fuller smiles and treating dental concerns including missing teeth.
Why Should I Replace My Missing Teeth?
Left untreated missing teeth can cause gums to recede leaving remaining teeth susceptible to sensitivity and tooth loss. Patients with lost or missing teeth are at a higher risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Other common problems include:
- Shifting teeth
- Bone loss
- Crooked teeth
- Facial sagging
- Speech problems
- Difficulty chewing
- Difficulty biting
Types of Missing Teeth Treatments
Dr. Goldberg is a restorative dentist that specializes in dental implants. He provides implants and implant-secured solutions:
Made of titanium posts, dental implants are a stable solution that acts as artificial tooth roots. Your oral surgeon surgically inserts dental implants into your jawbone. He will let your mouth heal over a period of months. Then the dentist will attach a permanent dental crown to the top. Dental implants can also secure dental bridges or dentures and partial dentures.
This treatment effectively replaces one or more teeth with the aid of dental crowns and, at times, dental implants. Dental bridges can be removable, but an implant-secured dental bridge often provides a more secure fit. Many patients also find that secured dental bridges make it easier for them to bite and chew.
Dentures and Partials
Patients who are missing multiple teeth or whole arches of teeth can benefit from full and partial dentures. Like dental bridges, dental implants can also secure dentures. Dentures and partials also restore the form and function of teeth.
Missing Teeth FAQs
What are my options if I have missing teeth?
If you have missing teeth the most common option is dental implants. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. They are a permanent solution to missing teeth.
Can missing teeth cause jaw problems?
Yes, missing teeth can lead to jaw problems. They can make your jawbone weak, which may result in a fractured jaw or bone loss.
Does missing teeth affect face shape?
Missing teeth can affect face shape, especially when multiple teeth are missing in a row. Your teeth provide structure for your mouth and cheeks, so when some are missing there is a loss of basic structure. Also, missing teeth can cause teeth to shift to fill gaps. This may cause your teeth to become crooked, which can lead to potential face shape changes.
How common is it to have missing teeth?
Missing teeth are very common. About 20% of adults are born with one or more missing teeth. Many patients also lose teeth throughout their adult life. Restorations are available for missing teeth. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
Are missing teeth genetic?
Missing teeth can be caused by a genetic predisposition. Hypodontia is a genetic condition that causes patients to be missing 1 to 5 teeth. Anodontia is a condition causing patients to be born without any teeth.
Can you live without a missing tooth?
Patients can live without missing teeth but it can cause other health problems. The longer you leave missing teeth untreated, the more likely they are to cause other issues such as more tooth loss. We recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid further issues.
Dr. Goldberg treats missing teeth in Succasunna, NJ. You can contact his dental office, Morris County Dental Associates, at 973-298-5893 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Goldberg on our website.