Even when one missing tooth is left untreated, patients are at an increased risk of shifting teeth, gingivitis or periodontitis, and additional tooth loss. Missing teeth can also increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When you lose a tooth, the remaining natural teeth attempt to fill the space the missing tooth left behind, which can result in crooked or misaligned teeth.
Patients may also experience facial sagging due to changes in the jaw’s bone structure. If you have one or more lost teeth, this can affect the appearance of your smile, the function of your bite, and your pronunciation of certain words.
Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili and Dr. Shalini Sethi replace missing teeth with affordable dental implants and implant-secured restorative options at the Elevate Dental Implant Center. They are dedicated to helping patients find the best option to restore their smiles and prevent further dental concerns. Dr. Sumitra Yalamanchili and Dr. Shalini Sethi are also dedicated to providing dental implant solutions to their patients. Learn more about how to replace missing teeth in Hanover, Maryland, below.
Treatment Options For Missing Teeth
We offer a wide range of treatment options for patients with missing teeth. Dr. Sethi or Dr. Yalamanchili will take your overall dental health, the number of teeth you’re missing, and the location of your missing teeth into account during your consultation. They will explore all viable treatment options and keep you informed about the ins and out of each option.
We always do our best to keep as much of your natural bone structure as possible when replacing missing teeth to give you the best support and function possible. We also match your restoration to the exact color, shape, and size of your natural teeth to ensure that it blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. At Elevate Dental Implant Center, our dentists provide:
- Single Unit Dental Implants
- Implant-Supported Dentures
- Interim Partial Dentures
- All-on-Four Dentures
Can I Receive Dental Implants?
Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jaw bone and are topped off with an abutment and dental crown. Ideal candidates for dental implant treatment are in good health and have an adequate amount of healthy bone structure. Before beginning treatment, we will make sure that you have sufficient gum tissue and jaw bone support.
We always make sure that the patient’s oral health is in check and will provide a healthy support system for the implants. We may perform a bone grafting or sinus augmentation procedure to ensure that you have sufficient bone tissue for dental implant treatment.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Do you have further questions about missing teeth and what replacement options are available? Continue reading to learn more about missing teeth and find answers to frequently asked questions in our office.
Can a missing tooth affect other teeth?
A missing tooth can have a negative impact on the teeth surrounding it. This is commonly described as a “domino effect” because the loss of one tooth can lead to additional tooth loss quickly if the area is not treated. There are many options to replace or restore missing teeth. Call us today to schedule a consultation and discover what options best suit your needs!
Can missing teeth cause digestive problems?
It is not uncommon for missing teeth to lead to a patient not fully chewing their food. This may cause an overproduction of acids produced in your stomach which can cause indigestion and stomach aches after eating. If you are missing teeth and struggle with digestion we recommend replacing your missing teeth. This will help ensure you are able to fully chew your food and digest it properly, along with restoring function and aesthetics to your smile.
Do missing teeth have to be replaced?
It is important for your oral and overall health that you replace missing teeth. If you do not then they can cause a variety of other issues including jaw and bite shifting, tooth gaps, bone loss, and tooth decay. The sooner you can replace a missing tooth after it has been extracted or lost the better.
Are dental implants painful?
During the procedure for dental implants patients should not feel any pain due to sedation and anesthetic. After the procedure, it is common for patients to feel dull achy pain. OTC medication can be used to alleviate this. Pain should not last long, as your body tends to heal quickly in the mouth.
Can missing teeth cause bone loss?
Missing teeth can cause bone loss, specifically in the area surrounding. The jawbone and teeth are preserved by surrounding bone structure. When a tooth is missing structure is lost it can cause further bone loss, tooth shifting, and overall bone deterioration. We recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible, to prevent any potential future issues.
Replace Missing Teeth Today
Learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth. Request an appointment with Dr. Yalamanchili and Dr. Sethi on our website. You can also call Elevate Dental Implant Center’s Hanover, Maryland dental office for care today at 410-205-4997.