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Treatments for Missing Teeth: Restoring Your Smile

Treatments for Missing Teeth - Knoxville, TN

Posted on December 10, 2015 — by Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S.

A bridge fixed with dental implantsPatients suffering from all kinds of dental problems can count on Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, a leading dentist serving Knoxville. He offers advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures that can improve the beauty and health of smiles.

Many patients who are missing teeth wonder what their best treatment options are. We'd like to go over some of the basics when it comes to dental appliances, and then consider candidacy for dental implants, which can hold restorations in place.

Why Tooth Loss Needs to Be Taken Seriously

Tooth loss can cause a number of different dental health and aesthetic concerns that patients should take seriously.

For one, a gap left behind when you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth can be the source of major self-consciousness. You might be hesitant to laugh, smile, or just speak, even around family members and friends whom you've known for years.

In addition, tooth loss can make it very difficult to eat certain kinds of foods. This could result in issues with nutrition and wellness if the tooth loss is not addressed in a timely manner.

Thankfully there are many different restorative options to consider.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are sets of artificial teeth that help fill a gap from a missing tooth or a few teeth. These bridges span the gap that has been left behind, and they are held in place by bracing around the teeth that are adjacent to a tooth gap.

Partial Dentures

When a person is missing too many teeth in a row for a dental bridge, the next option to consider is a partial denture. Partial dentures are held in place by fitting snugly around the jawbone and gum tissue in the area of a tooth gap. Dental adhesives/denture creams can be used to improve the stability of the denture.

Full Dentures

For issues with major tooth loss, the best option is a full denture. This is typically reserved for instances in which a person is missing most of his or her own teeth. The full denture works just like the partial denture.

Appliances Supported by Dental Implants

While each of these options above can work wonders as removable appliances, patients can also have these restorations held in place securely thanks to dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the jawbone and gum tissue. They are, in effect, just as strong and sturdy as natural tooth roots.

In order to have dental implants, patients must have sufficient bone density and gum tissue in place and be in good overall health to tolerate an oral surgery procedure.

Tailoring Treatments to Your Needs

In order to best address the needs of patients, we will be sure to custom tailor your treatment to meet your needs. That means answering all questions and concerns and ensuring that you are comfortable with any dental care decisions that are made.

Contact Our Dental Care Center

If you would like more information about treating tooth loss and how we can help you have a beautiful smile again, be sure to contact our dental care center today. Dr. Thomas G. Zarger and the entire team at the practice look forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest mouth possible.

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