Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. If left untreated, missing teeth can lead to severe oral health concerns. Addressing missing teeth as soon as possible is essential to restoring function, health, and beauty to the natural smile.
Replacing missing teeth can prevent further damage and improve your confidence and overall oral health. Using state-of-the-art dental technology and cutting-edge material, our team DC Precision Dentistry offers a full range of tooth replacement options. Washington, DC dentist Dr. Justin Deckard may recommend dentures, dental bridges, or dental important to restore missing teeth.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When missing teeth are left untreated, it can lead to a wide range of severe oral health concerns. When one tooth is lost, the remaining teeth begin to shift in an attempt to fill the gap. Not only does shifting teeth affect the appearance, but it can also affect the function of the bite.
Studies have suggested that patients who are missing teeth are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, infection, and further tooth loss. Missing teeth may even affect the way you chew and speak. Patients with missing teeth have a difficult time chewing, which may result in an imbalanced diet and other complications.
Tooth Replacement Options
Replacing missing teeth can help restore confidence and function to your natural smile. Dr. Deckard offers a full range of tooth replacement options that can be tailored to meet each patients’ specific oral health and aesthetic needs. Dr. Deckard works closely with patients to analyze their teeth, assess their oral health, and recommend the appropriate tooth replacement option. Dr. Deckard will work with you to determine if a dental implant, dental bridge, or dentures are the right for you.
We encourage patients with missing teeth to visit DC Precision Dentistry in Washington, DC. Our dental office is accessible to neighborhoods like Shaw and the DC Navy Yard. If you are missing one or more teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Deckard. To schedule an appointment, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.
Missing Teeth FAQs
Can a missing tooth impact my face?
Even when you’re only missing one tooth, it can still have an impact on your face. Your jawbone starts to deteriorate when the tooth root is missing. This leads to the appearance of a sagging face and this gets worse with time.
What happens if I don’t replace my missing tooth?
Even one missing tooth can have a lot of consequences. First, you have aesthetic issues. You may not want to show your smile off when you’re missing a tooth. It also leads to facial sagging over time. There are many health impacts, too. Your other teeth will try to fill in the gap and become crooked. This can have impacts on your bite, leading to issues with TMJ and increasing the likelihood that you’ll suffer from chipped or cracked teeth. Your remaining teeth are also more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease.
What are my options to replace my missing teeth?
Dental implants are considered the gold standard of tooth replacement, as they’re the only thing that can also replace your tooth root. Dental bridges and dentures are also available, based on your needs, budget, and the number of teeth you need to get replaced. Dr. Deckard will do a full evaluation to determine which is the best option for you.