Why Should You Replace Missing Teeth?

Even if you have a single missing tooth, it’s important to receive a restoration as soon as you are able. Restoring missing teeth can prevent problems like tooth and jaw pain, difficulty speaking, and even tooth decay. We offer comprehensive restorative care with implant restorations in Woodstock, MD. Learn more about why you should replace lost teeth and what different implant restorations can do for your smile.

Implant Restorations in Woodstock, Maryland

Why Do You Need to Replace Missing Teeth?

There are multiple reasons why it is important to restore lost and missing permanent teeth:

  • Bite Problems: Missing teeth create bite imbalances, which means that some patients may develop TMD. Temporomandibular joint disorders place stress on the teeth and jaw. Some patients with TMD can deal with toothaches,  jaw pain, and teeth clenching and grinding. 
  • Gum and Tooth Decay: Bacteria can easily accumulate in empty tooth sockets. Many patines may also experience tooth loss if they have severe decay or gum disease. 
  • Difficulty Eating and Speaking: Patients with missing teeth often find it more difficult to bite and chew. Many missing teeth can also lead to difficulty speaking clearly.

Implant Restorations in Woodstock, MD

We offer multiple implant-supported dental restorations for patients with missing and lost teeth:

Single Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium post that we place in the jaw bone. Over time, the post fuses with the jaw bone to create a stable, permanent foundation for dental restorations. A single dental implant is capped off by a dental crown, which looks and functions like a natural tooth.

Implant Bridges

Single dental implants can replace a dental bridge for one missing tooth. Implants can also secure a dental bridge and replace multiple consecutive missing teeth. Dental implants offer longer-lasting results for patients with missing teeth. While patients may need to replace dental crowns after 15 or more years, the implant post is permanent. 

Implant-Secured Dentures

Traditional dentures need adhesive to make sure false teeth stay in place. Even then, false teeth can shift and make it difficult for patients to bite and chew. Implant-supported dentures offer stability to the smile. Multiple dental implants can stabilize false teeth, so patients can enjoy foods they love again. Implant-secured dentures also combat facial sagging, adding structure to the face.

Do you want to restore your smile’s function? Are you looking for a durable alternative to removable dentures? Request an appointment with Dr. Walter Mazzella on our website or call (410) 559-9951.