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Missing Teeth Greer, SC

Even one missing tooth can impact your smile’s appearance and health. Replacing missing teeth in our Greer, SC office gives you back a smile you’re ready to show off. It also helps restore the function of your bite! A tooth replacement aims to replicate a natural tooth as closely as possible. While we cannot regrow teeth, we have several options that can come close to that goal.

A dental implant involves an artificial root and porcelain crown. It can be nearly impossible to distinguish a dental implant from a natural tooth. If a dental implant isn’t an option for financial or other reasons, a dental bridge is the next best option for a single missing tooth. A bridge looks identical to the surrounding tooth. If finances are a concern and multiple teeth are missing, a removable partial denture can be an affordable replacement option. Additionally, a denture or implant-retained denture is an option if all teeth are missing. Learn about our tooth replacement options and why addressing dental concerns like missing teeth is necessary.

missing teeth replacements in Greer, South Carolina

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

Whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple, missing teeth impact your smile. The aesthetic impact is what you’ll notice first. It can make you insecure about your smile when you should be confident to show it off. Replacing a missing tooth gives you back your smile and confidence when speaking or laughing in public.

As soon as you lose a tooth, the jawbone starts to deteriorate in that area. Your face starts to sag, causing premature aging. Additionally, the teeth around that area start to shift because they want to fill the gap in your smile. If you’ve had braces or Invisalign treatment, you may have to get it again because your teeth won’t be straight anymore.

Depending on where you’re missing the tooth, it can impact the way you eat or speak. It’s another thing to be insecure about if you have a lisp or speech impediment because of your missing tooth. Missing teeth can affect your diet, too. You may be unable to eat some foods because you can’t chew them. Fruits and vegetables are essential for a balanced diet, and they can be hard to chew if you’re missing molars.

Our Tooth Replacement Options

If you lose a tooth, we recommend replacing it as soon as possible. The longer you go without replacing the tooth, the more serious the side effects get. We offer various tooth replacement options at our Greer, SC, dentist office.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best innovations in modern dentistry. Before dental implants, our tooth replacement options had many negative aspects to them that made tooth replacement not desirable for some patients. Today’s dental implants are highly successful and look extremely natural.

Dental implants may be your best option if you are looking for a permanent cosmetic solution to missing teeth. Because they replace the tooth root, you get back 100% of your bite function and don’t have to change your diet. They fuse with the jawbone and stop it from deteriorating further, too. Dental implants replicate natural teeth because they have a root as well as the crown of the tooth.

Dental Bridges

In some situations, dental implants are not possible or are not the best tooth replacement option. Dental bridges are the next best option. We make dental bridges that look very natural and are cemented permanently in the mouth. A dental bridge does not have to be taken out at night. Dental bridges are placed permanently on natural teeth like a dental crown. A bridge consists of a crown on the tooth in front of the missing tooth and a crown behind the missing tooth, with an artificial porcelain tooth connected to both crowns.

Dental bridges can replace a single tooth or multiple consecutive missing teeth. They come in removable and fixed options. Removable bridges are taken out to eat and clean, while fixed ones stay in all the time. They’re a faster option than implants, using two natural teeth on either side of the bridge to anchor it in your mouth. Implant-supported bridges are available as well.

Dentures

Dentures replace a full arch of missing teeth. Traditional dentures are removable and stay in place with suction and adhesive. Implants can also support them. Without implants, they’re faster and cheaper, as are dental bridges. However, the fit will change with time since you aren’t replacing the tooth root. You’ll need to get them readjusted or replaced in the future.

A removable partial denture is a cost-effective way to replace missing teeth. A properly designed and fabricated removable partial denture can affordably accomplish our patients’ functional and cosmetic goals. In cases where multiple teeth are missing, dental implants or bridges can be cost-prohibitive, so it can be worth exploring the removable partial denture option. RPDs must be removed and cleaned at night time but can be used to chew food and function throughout the day.

Request An Appointment

Are you missing one or more teeth? Call us at 864.268.7812 or schedule a dental appointment online to restore your smile.