Patients can have missing teeth for a number of reasons. Perhaps you have neglected your oral health, and a tooth has been lost to tooth decay, gum disease, or a root canal infection. Maybe you were involved in an auto accident or suffered a sports-related injury, which resulted in tooth loss. Or, one or more of the permanent teeth may never develop, a common congenital malformation. Whatever the cause of your missing teeth, Dr. Nathaniel Podilsky can provide treatment to improve your dental function and appearance. We offer dental implants, which are the gold standard in tooth replacement, or we can place traditional bridges or fit you with custom dentures to replace your missing teeth. To learn more about your treatment options for missing teeth, contact our Edmonton, AB practice today.
When it comes to tooth loss, patients have a number of treatment options to choose from. If you are missing a single tooth in one quadrant of the mouth, you have two treatment options:
If you are missing multiple teeth, you have even more treatment options. You can opt for a traditional or implant-supported dental bridge or denture. Let’s explore these options in more detail:
Traditional bridges and dentures offer a number of benefits: they are less expensive, do not require surgery, and allow for immediate placement of restorations.
However, they do not address jawbone degradation, which is a common side effect of tooth loss. Because the tooth roots no longer stimulate the jawbone, the body stops sending nutrients to the area, resulting in jawbone deterioration and facial collapse. These effects worsen as more teeth are lost. Dental implants replace the tooth roots and prevent jawbone degradation. In addition, dental implants offer a stronger and more secure hold for restorations.
To find out which treatment for missing teeth is right for you, contact Dr. Podilsky’s practice today.