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Problem, Solution: Missing Teeth

From professional headshots at work to your family holiday card photo—all the way to the prevalence of selfies thanks to smartphones—it’s hard to dodge being in front of a camera.  

However, if you are suffering from tooth loss, you might have become an expert at dodging photos or perfected your closed-mouth smiles. 

Problem, Solution: Missing Teeth
Problem, Solution: Missing Teeth

Unfortunately, staying out of photos means you miss out on family memories and keepsakes for future generations. If you are a camera-dodger due to a missing tooth or teeth, then we are here to help get you back in front of the lens with confidence. 

There are a wide range of options available to those missing a tooth. Below we have outlined various treatment options that range in price, durability and invasiveness. If you are ready to take charge of your smile, then give our Arlington, TX office a call today!  

Dental bridges 

Dental bridges are aptly named since they literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. 

There are several types of bridges, but they all accomplish the same goal: restore your smile AND restore your ability to eat and chew. 

The bridge is anchored by the teeth on either side of the cap. There are many variables that can affect the price of the bridge, so be prepared for an examination before the price can be determined. These can include the number of teeth needed to fill the gap, the complexity of the case, and the need for other dental treatments as well. Since tooth loss could have resulted from gum disease or poor oral hygiene, your dentist might need to resolve the underlying issue prior to moving on to the bridge work. 

Dental implants 

A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of missing teeth. And like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed.  

Modern implants use titanium that naturally bonds with the jawbone and heals much quicker than previous iterations of these implants. Dental implants today work well for patients who are not candidates for dental bridges or dentures. It’s important that you are in good health overall, as there are some conditions and diseases that can affect whether dental implants will bond correctly—and whether your jaw is in condition for the slightly more invasive procedure.  

Dentures 

If you have severe tooth loss, it may be time to think about dentures

As dentists, we know that it can sound scary that dentures may be the next step in your treatment options. However, missing a significant number of teeth can affect the shape of your face and have an impact on your ability to eat nutritious and fibrous foods. 

Just like with dental bridges, there are two primary options for dentures:  

  • Partial dentures 
  • Full dentures 

The more time you go without dentures or other missing tooth replacements, the more risk you run of losing additional teeth. Without the support of all your teeth, the remaining healthy teeth shift faster and become weaker. 

If you’re missing teeth but haven’t addressed the need for dentures yet, now is the time to investigate treatment options with Dr. Marchbanks. Call our dentist office in Arlington TX today! 

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