Missing teeth can be more than a cosmetic concern, affecting both appearance and self confidence. They can also lead to a variety of more complex dental concerns down the road, including shrinkage of the jaw and lower face as a result of bone loss. Dr. Westermann emphasizes the importance of replacing teeth as soon as possible and with the appropriate treatment option for your unique dental health needs and cosmetic goals.
The primary options for replacing missing teeth are: dental bridges, implants and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages. Dr. Westermann will make a personalized recommendation after a thorough examination and assessment of your oral health.
Missing Teeth: Replacement Options
- Dental Bridge: a dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants.
- Dental Implants: dental implants are a more permanent solution for missing teeth. The implant actually replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option, but they also require the least maintenance. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. The location of the missing tooth as well as the overall health of the patient and bone structure will be evaluated before the dentist recommends treatment.
- Dentures: a denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. The denture can either be removable or secured using dental implants. An implant denture is more expensive than a removable denture, but offers patients a higher quality of life and level of comfort as well as a lasting solution.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have missing teeth and would like to restore both your smile and your quality of life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Westermann in her Louisville, KY dentist office. She will take the time to understand your dental health needs, goals and budget before recommending the most suitable option for you.