How Do You Replace Missing Teeth?

Have you lost one or more teeth? In addition to impacting your appearance, tooth loss has been linked to poor nutrition, an older appearance, and other serious complications. Fortunately, we can provide a long lasting option for replacing missing teeth that looks completely natural.

Try Our Quiz on Tooth Replacement

  1. True or False: Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth loss.
  2. True or False: Missing teeth can cause facial collapse.
  3. True or False: We can replace missing teeth with dental implants.
  4. True or False: We will look at multiple factors to assess your candidacy.

Answer Key

  1. True. When we don’t care for our teeth, decay and infections can arise that eventually threaten the stability of our smiles. Other causes of tooth loss include injury and advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis. The cause of your tooth loss will impact whether we recommend dental implants or another solution.
  2. True. Once the body registers the loss of a tooth root, the supply of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone ceases. Without these nutrients, the bone surrounding the missing tooth dissolves. Eventually, this can lead to further tooth loss and in extreme cases, an aged appearance due to facial collapse, including sunken cheeks and possibly a ptotic chin.
  3. True. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they bond with the jaw and act as natural tooth roots. This also stimulates the flow of nutrients, preventing facial collapse and loss of jawbone density. After the placement area heals, we add an abutment that holds the custom-made restoration in place, completing your new tooth.
  4. True. We will need to make sure you have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth. If you have periodontitis, we will need to manage your gum disese first to avoid implant failure.

Ready to Try Dental Implants?

We can examine your smile and discuss tooth replacement with implant technology! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.