Treatment for Missing Teeth – Toronto, ON
Don’t let tooth loss keep you from smiling. Restorative dentistry treatments can restore dental function and appearance, rejuvenating the smile and improving your confidence. For those who suffer from missing teeth, there are surgical and non-surgical treatments available to address tooth loss. To find out which treatment for missing teeth is right for you, schedule a consultation with Toronto, ON dentist Sol Weiss.
Surgical Treatments to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implant treatment is a surgical option that can permanently replace the roots of missing teeth. Dental implants are small, screw-like, titanium posts placed within the jawbone. As the jawbone heals around the dental implant, in a process called osseointegration, a secure bond forms between the bone tissue and the implant. The implant can then support different types of restorations to improve dental function and appearance.
Because dental implant treatment requires surgery, candidates should be in good general health, be non-smokers, and have relatively healthy gums and teeth. Candidates also need to have sufficient jawbone to support the implants. Those without adequate bone tissue may require a bone graft before dental implant surgery can be performed.
Dental implants can be paired with different restorations to replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations include:
- Dental crowns: When paired with dental crowns, dental implants can be used to replace individual teeth, making this treatment option best suited to those missing a single tooth.
- Implant-supported bridges: Those missing multiple consecutive teeth may benefit from implant-supported bridges.
- Implant-supported dentures: Those missing all of their bottom teeth, top teeth, or both, can benefit from implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures use three to five implants as anchor points for a set of dentures, allowing denture wearers to enjoy a secure fit and improved denture function.
Non-surgical Treatments to Replace Missing Teeth
Patients that are not healthy enough to undergo surgery, or wish to avoid oral surgery, can still enjoy restored dental function and appearance with non-surgical treatments. These treatments include:
- Dental bridges: Traditional dental bridges can be used to replace one or two missing teeth. Traditional dental bridges are made of two dental crowns with one or two artificial teeth between them. These crowns are bonded to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
- Removable dentures: Traditional removable dentures are a time-tested treatment. Traditional dentures are custom-made for a comfortable fit and natural-looking appearance.
The Benefits of Replacing Missing Teeth
Untreated tooth loss can lead to many oral health issues, including uneven dental wear, shifting teeth, and loss of jawbone. Other benefits include:
- Restored dental function: Whether you are missing one, several, or all of your teeth, tooth loss makes eating difficult. By replacing missing teeth, patients can enjoy their favorite foods in comfort.
- Improved quality of life: Tooth loss can take the joy out of eating, and it can make patients self-conscious about their smile. Restoring missing teeth can help you smile with confidence and eat without pain.
- Improved confidence and restored appearance: Replacing missing teeth can give you the confidence of knowing your smile looks its best.
Which Treatment Is Right for You?
You deserve a beautiful, healthy smile. To find out which treatment is right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Weiss.