Loss of Teeth and Missing Teeth


Loss of Natural Teeth

Missing teeth can lead to tooth decay, an uneven bite, and stress on adjacent teeth. A bridge is often used to replace a missing tooth or teeth when there is a tooth on either side of the missing tooth. When a patient is missing all of his/her natural teeth, complete dentures are used to restore function and appearance. For patients who experience lack of stability and poor chewing function with dentures, dental implants may be used. Replacing missing teeth not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it can also improve your overall oral health.  For children who are congenitally missing teeth, fortunately we have interventions that will improve their smile and functionality. For example, orthodontics and special implants may be recommended.

Missing Teeth

Missing teeth is a serious problem, both aesthetically and functionally. A missing tooth causes the whole structure of the mouth to change, resulting in shifting teeth, periodontal problems and deterioration of the chewing function.  Whether your child is missing one or several natural teeth, dental implants are designed to look, feel, and function like their own. We may refer your child to an orthodontist and oral surgeon to complete treatment.