Millions of Americans are affected by missing teeth. In fact, it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Missing teeth may be common, but those with missing teeth may become more prone to complications brought on by gaps between teeth.
The Problem with Missing Teeth
If left untreated, missing teeth can cause an array of dental problems, including but not limited to:
- Tooth decay
- Gum Disease
- Bone Loss
- Collapsed Bite
- Tooth crowding
- Facial sagging
But there are solutions and preventative care for these problems. If you are noticing symptoms of these conditions, please schedule an appointment at Loyalsock Dental so that we can determine treatment that is right for you.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Dr. Joyce Kim & Associates at Loyalsock Dental offer numerous missing teeth solutions to patients. Before treatment, Dr. Kim will assess your oral health to determine which solution is right for you.
To replace one or more missing teeth, dental implants can be a fantastic option for patients. Titanium posts replace the tooth root and slowly integrate with bone tissue for a period of 3 to 6 months. Implants do not need adhesives to be secured and are a great long-term solution to gaps between teeth.
Dental bridges can literally “bridge the gap” between missing teeth for a fuller and more balanced smile. For one or more missing teeth, dental bridges can be secured by adjacent teeth or dental implants. Dental bridges are generally fixed to the mouth and to teeth for long-lasting results.
For patients that are missing the upper or lower arch of their teeth, dentures can be an excellent solution. Dentures restore the appearance of teeth while also making it easier for patients to bite and chew food. Implant secured dentures are also a great replacement for patients with old and ill-fitting dentures.
You can learn more about the treatment options we offer for missing teeth at Loyalsock Dental here.
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Prevent increased oral problems brought on by missing teeth. Bridge the gap and call (570) 224-9992 or schedule an appointment with us online.