Can You Get Veneers With Missing Teeth

These is an overwhelming amount of information available regarding the various solutions for replacing missing teeth. It is easy to be overwhelmed and confused with the surplus of information from various sources. It can also be difficult to determine what tooth replacement treatments are possible.

Missing Teeth and Veneers

Many patients are curious if veneers can be used as a solution for replacing missing teeth. Unfortunately, the short answer is that veneers cannot be used to replace missing teeth. In order to use a dental veneer, a healthy tooth is required to support the veneer. Veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment and include a thin porcelain veneer which is bonded to the front of the tooth. Veneers are often used to cover cosmetic issues which may include discoloration, stains, chips, and cracks or other issues.

Some patients chose to dismiss their missing tooth. This can be especially common if the tooth is located in the back of the mouth or is not visible when smiling. When the missing tooth doesn’t impact routine activities such as chewing or speech, it can be tempting to dismiss. Unfortunately, missing teeth can negatively impact no only a patient’s oral heal, but their overall oral health as well. A missing tooth can cause shifting of the other natural teeth and cause them to become crooked. When the teeth are not properly aligned, they are difficult to clean and more prone to decay and gum disease. When a missing tooth remains untreated, it can result in other teeth falling out.

Missing teeth which remain untreated can also cause the jaw bone to slowly resorb due to lack of stimulation. Patients who are missing one or more teeth should follow up with their dentist right away to discuss treatment options.

Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option. The implant is placed directly in the jaw bone and acts as the root of the tooth. In most cases, the implant is created from titanium.

The process for placing a dental implant includes three steps. The first stage includes the surgical placement of the implant. It is placed directly into the jaw bone where the missing tooth is located. Over time, the jawbone naturally fuses to the implant forming an incredibly secure base. Once this step takes place, an abutment is then attached to the implant. The implant crown is then connected to the abutment resulting in a tooth with appears and functions just like a natural tooth.

Dental implants are the preferred solution for replacing missing teeth among the dental community. Implants are permanent options are do not shift or move after they are placed and the mouth heals. They appear and feel just like the natural teeth, meaning they do not negatively affect routine function such as speaking and chewing. Implants do not require removal or special procedures for cleaning. They are cared for just like the natural teeth with twice daily brushing, daily flossing and regular visits to the dentist. When dental implants are properly maintained, they can last for decades.

Follow up with your dentist to discuss which tooth-replacement solutions will work best for your individual needs. It is important not to ignore a missing tooth as it can result in serious, long-term issues.

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