Gum disease, tooth decay, an injury to the facial structures, or a genetic condition can all result in missing teeth. Empty spaces and gaps in the mouth can be embarrassing, and they might even cause you to hide your teeth in photos or cover your mouth when having a conversation with friends. Fortunately, if you need to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Frederick Asuncion of Asuncion Dental Group in Frederick, MD, can help.
Popular treatment options include dental implants, fixed or bonded bridges, and removable partial dentures, to name a few. Read on to learn more about these options and what they can do to boost your oral health.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth aren't safe unless restored by your dentist. They can shift, which will drastically affect your bite, and possibly lead to headaches, muscle pain, and sensitivity. Because teeth stimulate bone growth, when even one tooth becomes lost, the jawbone can deteriorate and cause facial features to sag, making you seem older than your actual age. Fortunately, there are a variety of corrective treatment options that Dr. Asuncion can suggest to improve your aesthetics, confidence, and overall health.
Your Tooth Replacement Options
- Dental Bridges - Designed from different materials, this option literally "bridges" the gap between a missing tooth and your natural enamel.
- Dental Implants - A permanent solution that involves a screw, abutment, and crown, dental implants resemble natural teeth in appearance, feel, and function. During a minor placement procedure at our Frederick office, your dentist will insert the implant into the jawbone, where the two will fuse together over the course of a few months.
- Dentures - These removable oral devices are created once the teeth are removed and the gum tissue begins to heal. Our dentist also utilizes them when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Need Dental Work? Give Us a Call
If you're missing one or several teeth in the different areas of your mouth, schedule a consultation to discuss your tooth replacement options. After conducting an oral examination and evaluating the health of your gums, Dr. Asuncion can conclude if you would benefit from dental implants or another one of our corrective approaches.
To schedule an appointment at Asuncion Dental Group, please call our Frederick, MD, office, at (301) 620-8882.