Missing teeth often cause patients to feel embarrassed and uncomfortable about their smile and adversely impacts their daily routine as speech and diet are affected.
Woodbridge dentist Dr. Joseph Cavallo, DDS, MAGD offers several replacement options for patients with one or more missing teeth and will recommend a treatment plan to address both cosmetic and dental health concerns and goals.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid the development of additional dental health issues, including bone loss. Bone in the jaw begins to deteriorate after a tooth is lost, and if not addressed in a timely manner will affect the bite and cause remaining teeth to shift. This can ultimately make tooth replacement a more difficult process and limit treatment options.
Dr. Cavallo will perform a thorough examination of the patient’s entire occlusal system and assess their oral and overall health to determine the best replacement option. Dr. Cavallo uses some of the latest dental technologies and techniques in his Woodbridge, Virginia dentist office in order to provide lasting, comfortable and natural looking results.
Missing Teeth Replacement Options
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are the most lifelike replacements for missing teeth. They are a permanent solution for tooth loss, with success rate over more than 95%. Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Dental implant costs are a major concern for many patients. It should be noted, however, that dental implants offer the best long term solution and need the least amount of dental work in the future. While no type of dental restoration is 100% guaranteed, patients with dental implants often experience no maintenance requirements or additional costs.
- Dentures and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures can be a very effective solution for missing teeth. Used for centuries to replace missing teeth, today’s dentures look and feel more like natural teeth than ever before. Dr. Cavallo, DDS, MAGD offers a variety of dentures including implant supported dentures which offer better retention and long term benefits compared to traditional removable dentures.
- Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. There are many types of dental bridges available including implant secured dental bridges which are permanent and extremely long lasting.