Cosmetic Dentistry for Missing Teeth

Serving Northern Virginia including Oakton

Missing Tooth Softouch Dental CareYou may not feel it is necessary to have a missing tooth replaced, especially if that tooth is in the back of your mouth. However, even one missing tooth can significantly impact your smile and your oral health overall. When you lose a tooth, your lips will sink in at that spot, whether the empty space is in the front or back of your mouth. Sinking lips will cause wrinkling in your face and make you appear older.

A missing tooth can also impede your ability to chew food, and can negatively affect your nutrition and well-being. Your back teeth also support the structure of your jawbone. A missing molar can create a misaligned jaw, as the other teeth in your mouth will shift and gravitate toward the empty space. The result can be painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Cosmetic dentistry for missing teeth can prevent these negative effects of losing a tooth. The caring Washington DC cosmetic dentistry team at Softouch Dental Care in Oakton, Virginia knows the importance of replacing a missing tooth. Our caring and experienced Northern Virginia cosmetic dentist and will work carefully with you to determine which replacement option best fits your dental goals and your lifestyle.

How To Replace a Missing Tooth

The three main ways a Virginia dentist is able replace lost teeth are:

  • Fixed dental bridges
  • Dentures and partial dentures
  • Dental implants

Dental Bridges

A Vienna dental bridge is a permanent restoration used to hold a fake tooth in place by anchoring to your remaining teeth. There are several different types of bridges that use different methods of anchoring.

  • Traditional Bridges: This bridge is used when you have a healthy tooth on both sides of your empty space. Dental crowns are placed on these adjacent teeth and the fake tooth is held securely in place by these crowns.
  • Bonded Bridges: These bridges are anchored by a metal framework, and contain a "wing" on each side that connects the bridge to your existing teeth.
  • Cantilever Bridges: This bridge is only anchored on one side. Often used for your front teeth and areas of the least stress, a cantilever bridge is used when you have natural teeth on only one side of your gap. The two teeth on that side of your space are fixed with crowns, which provide support for the bridge.

Dentures and Partial Dentures

If you are missing most of the teeth on your bottom or top jaw, you can have the few remaining pulled and be fitted for dentures. If you are missing several teeth scattered throughout your mouth, removable partial dentures give you the functionality and appearance as your real teeth. Both dentures and partial dentures take some getting used to, but can provide a tremendous benefit to your oral health.

Dental Implants

Oakton dental implants are tiny metal posts that are implanted into your jawbone to act as your tooth’s natural root. A dental implant is the strongest, most durable option for replacing a missing tooth. Once implanted, your jaw tissue and bone will grow around the metal post, holding it permanently in place. Dental crowns are then fastened to the implants, providing a natural appearance.

If you are missing one or more teeth and are considering replacement options, please contact Softouch Dental Care to arrange a consultation with Virginia dentist Dr. Michael Chung about cosmetic dentistry for missing teeth. Our Oakton cosmetic dentistry practice serves patients in Oakton, Tysons Corner, Reston, Fairfax, Vienna, Arlington and the surrounding Northern Virginia areas.

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