If you are missing teeth, Owings Mills, MD dentist Dr. Ed Lazer offers many replacement options. With advances in modern dentistry, replacement teeth are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. More treatment options mean better choices for patients looking for a solution that fits their health needs, aesthetic goals and budget. Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, Dr. Lazer has a solution for you. Your primary options are: dental bridges, dental implants and dentures. Each type of treatment has its own advantages.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Missing teeth can lead to secondary oral health complications which is why it’s so important to replace them. Missing teeth should be treated as quickly as possible. Once a tooth is lost, the bone begins to deteriorate. It will continue to deteriorate if no treatment is sought, making replacement options more and more difficult while potentially affecting other teeth. Patients with missing teeth are also more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay and additional tooth loss. Aside from the oral health reasons, missing teeth will also drastically lower a person’s self-confidence and quality of life.
Missing Teeth Replacement Options
Our dentists, Dr. Ed Lazer and Dr. Roham Rafat, are two of the area’s leading cosmetic and restorative dentists that will help you choose which treatment is right for you. They will perform a comprehensive evaluation at their Owings Mills, MD cosmetic dentistry office to diagnose your specific condition then make recommendations for the best long term results.
Dental Implants – A dental implant is a more permanent solution for missing teeth with a success rate over 95%. Dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. The implant actually replaces the root of the tooth, becoming fully integrated with the bone. Dental implants are generally the most expensive replacement option but patients with dental implants often experience no maintenance requirements or additional costs. Not all patients qualify for dental implants. You should be healthy and have sufficient bone structure to support the implant.
Dentures And Partial Dentures – A denture is used when a person is missing all of their upper or lower teeth. Dentures and partials 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. With advances in technology, dentures can now be secured using dental implants which offer better retention and long term benefits compared to traditional removable dentures. An implant denture is more expensive than a removable denture, but it offers patients a higher quality of life and level of comfort.
Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is an affordable treatment option for replacing missing teeth. It can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge can be either removable (flipper teeth) or fixed. A fixed bridge is anchored either with dental crowns and/or dental implants which are permanent and extremely long lasting.
We also perform tooth extractions in our Owings Mills, MD restorative dentistry office when considered necessary for your long term dental health. Dr. Rafat, a specialist in Periodontics and Implantology, can skillfully and painlessly remove teeth and replace them using dental implants or other life-like restorations.
Schedule a Consultation
You should not have to suffer from the emotional or physical pain that comes with severely decayed, damaged or missing teeth. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lazer to learn more about replacing missing teeth and which options are best for you. We offer many treatments for missing teeth in Owings Mills, MD and Baltimore, MD.