Missing teeth can undermine your self-esteem, reduce your ability to chew and speak, and cause complications for remaining natural teeth. Aman Bhullar, DMD, and his team at The Glen Dental offer an array of options, from partial to full mouth solutions. To restore your best smile and enjoy speaking and eating normally again, schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist. Call the office in San Jose, California, to speak with a team member, or request an appointment online today.
Missing teeth can change the look of your smile and the shape of your face. They can also affect your ability to bite, chew, or speak properly.
A variety of conditions can lead to missing teeth. Some of the most common causes of missing teeth include:
Genetic factors can also cause some people to be born with missing teeth.
The highly trained and experienced dentists at The Glen Dental offer several options to replace missing teeth. These options include:
Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that replace sections of missing teeth. Bridges are anchored to your remaining teeth to fill the space created by missing teeth.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices that replace missing teeth and surrounding gum tissue. Dentures look like natural teeth and gums; they enhance your smile and restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak.
There are two main types of dentures, complete dentures, and partial dentures. Complete dentures fit over your entire gum, replacing all of your upper or lower teeth. Partial dentures are anchored to remaining teeth or dental implants and replace sections of missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium posts that your dentist implants directly into your jawbone that support artificial teeth or crowns. Dental implants are custom-made to fit your jaw, and the crowns positioned on top of them are designed to match your existing teeth.
The implanted post fuses completely to your bone, usually over a period of three to four months. Some patients may qualify for teeth-in-a-day solutions that don’t require an extended healing period, such as the All-on-4® fixed bridge.
If you have missing or severely decayed or damaged teeth, your dentist begins with a comprehensive evaluation to assess the health of your gum tissue, remaining teeth, and jawbone. This includes a review of your medical history, an oral examination, and X-rays.
The results of your evaluation determine if you’re a candidate for each possible option. Your expert provider discusses all your options to replace your missing teeth with you in detail. They answer your questions and provide you with all the information you need to make the best choice based on your individual needs.
To learn more about solutions for missing teeth or to schedule an evaluation, call The Glen Dental today or request an appointment online.