Missing Teeth Options in Rochester NY

If you are missing teeth, it’s important to know that you have options for having them replaced. Regardless of how many teeth you are missing, your age, or your budget, there is a solution for you. It is important to be informed of all the options available to you so that you can make the best decision for you. Let’s review some of the missing teeth options available to you in Rochester NY.

Options for Missing Teeth

It is important to replace any teeth that you may be missing. Since your mouth is created to function with a full set of teeth, having one or more missing can cause problems. A missing tooth can make it difficult to speak and chew properly, change the shape of your face, and affect the stability of your remaining teeth. Luckily, you have options for replacing teeth you are missing.

1. Dental Implants

Dental implants are popular among many patients who have lost teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post that is implanted into your jawbone to act as a tooth root. Once the post is fully integrated, a crown matching your natural teeth is placed over the implant.[1] Implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. They look and function exactly like your missing teeth. You also take care of implants the same way you take care of your natural teeth. You can have an implant placed to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime— making them an extremely cost-effective solution.

2. Dental Bridge

Another option for replacing missing teeth is a dental bridge. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is secured to the remaining teeth on either side of a gap caused by the missing tooth. Bridges are typically made from porcelain and can be made to match the color and shape of your existing teeth.[2] Having a bridge placed is a quicker and more straightforward procedure than having an implant, however it requires grinding down your adjacent natural teeth which may lead to the need for a root canal treatment. With good oral hygiene, the average lifespan of a dental bridge is around 7-10 years. Like dental implants, you care for a dental bridge by brushing and flossing regularly.

3. Hybrid Bridge or Denture

A hybrid bridge or hybrid denture is an upgrade from traditional dentures. Traditional dentures rest on your gums which may feel uncomfortable or painful. A hybrid denture is a combination of a dental implant and a denture. In this case, your denture is affixed to 4-6 dental implants that are placed in your jaw. The denture, then, does not rest directly on your gums, and won’t slide when you are speaking or eating. Additionally, the implants maintain the volume of your jaw so that it does not become misshaped.

Contact a Rochester Periodontist for Missing Teeth Options in Rochester NY

Regardless of which option you choose, you will love the benefits of restoring your missing teeth. It is important to speak with a professional and learn more about each option. At Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester, we will help you determine the best option for you. To get started, contact us today. 585.685.2005

[1] https://www.perio.org/consumer/dental-implants

[2] https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-bridge

Board Certified Periodontist

Dr. Thomas Zahavi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He completed his post-graduate periodontal education at the Eastman Dental Center at the University of Rochester in 2006.

Dr. Zahavi obtained his combined DMD and Master’s degree Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1997). He then pursued a speciality program in Prosthodontics (the restoration and replacement of teeth), receiving the highest honors in the residency program (2001). In 2003 he relocated with his family to the USA in pursuit of a residency program in Periodontology at the University of Rochester/ Eastman Institute for Oral Health. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation and honored with a research fellowship from a major dental implant company. He is a Board-Certified Periodontist (USA) and Prosthodontist (Israel). His clinical experience and training in the two specialities proves to be invaluable, especially in patients requiring comprehensive periodontal and implant treatments.

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