Missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Missing teeth can create a domino effect of complex oral health concerns. Just one missing tooth can jeopardize the integrity of the facial structure and jaw bone. Early treatment and replacement of missing teeth are essential for effective and successful results.
Oral Health & Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can lead to a range of oral health concerns. The jaw and gums rely on a full set of teeth to help stabilize and promote natural tissue growth. A full set of teeth is ideal, but with advancements in modern dentistry, replacement options now function and look like natural teeth. Missing teeth can lead to:
- Additional tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- Receding gum line
- Crooked teeth
- Bone and jaw recession
- Sunken facial structure
TREATMENTS FOR MISSING TEETH
Dr. Val Ludlow of Holladay Dental Excellence offers a range of treatment options for replacing missing teeth that will help secure long term oral health.
Dental Bridges: Dental bridges can replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Using existing teeth as an anchor, a dental bridge is custom fabricated and fit to your mouth. Dental bridges are traditionally removable but can also be secured with a dental implant.
Dentures: Dentures can replace a full mouth of missing teeth. Modern dentures are custom made to fit your smile and are more natural looking than ever. Dentures can be secured with implants for a permanent and comfortable dental restoration.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are a revolutionary development in modern dentistry. Tiny titanium posts are surgically implanted into your jaw bone. The post fuses with your natural bone to become a prosthetic root structure for long term structural support. Once healed, a custom fabricated dental crown, bridge or denture will be permanently secured for optimal oral health and natural, high functioning results. Dr. Ludlow also provides All-On-Four dental implants for patients with compromised bone structure.
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Dr. Ludlow also offers treatments that will help to restore the smile if it has suffered any side effects from missing teeth. Using state of the art dentistry, Dr. Ludlow offers laser therapy for gum disease and gum contouring, as well as dental fillings and other restorative dental procedures.
To schedule a consultation to replace missing teeth, contact our Holladay, UT dentist office or request an appointment online.