Missing teeth are a complex dental concern that can trigger a domino effect of other oral and systemic health issues. Whether a patient is missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full set of teeth, they should consider replacement options to avoid further damage. Dr. Kenneth Banks offers a range of restorative treatment options for the replacement of missing teeth, giving you back a functional smile and improving your quality of life.
Replacing missing teeth is essential for supporting the function of the bite and protecting remaining teeth from additional damage. Patients who do not replace missing teeth are at an increased risk of developing more complex oral health concerns.
Left untreated, missing teeth can actually cause the jaw bone to begin to deteriorate. Over time the jaw bone recedes without the support of a full set of teeth. Dental implants are a preferred method of replacing missing teeth because they act like a prosthetic root. Their biocompatible material fuses with the jaw bone, helping to retain its structure and reducing bone recession.
Missing Teeth Can Cause:
- Additional tooth loss
- Gum disease
- Bone deterioration
- Jaw recession
- Shifting of the teeth
Missing Tooth Replacement Options
A sports injury is one of the most common causes for tooth loss. Dr. Banks provides custom fit sports mouthguards to help patients protect their teeth while playing contact sports or participating in activities that could result in tooth injury. A custom fit mouthguard offers superior results compared to over the counter options. Dr. Banks will mold the mouthguard to the exact specifications of the patient’s mouth for a secure and comfortable fit. Patients who wear custom designed mouthguards have been proven to perform better because they are not distracted by or focused on keeping the mouthguard in place.
Some patients do not replace their missing teeth due to a fear of the dentist. While replacing teeth as soon as possible offers several important benefits for oral health, it is never too late to restore your smile. For patients with dental anxiety, Dr. Banks offers sedation dentistry options. Sedation dentistry allows the patient to remain alerted and awake during their procedure while they are completely relaxed and calm.