Replacing Missing Teeth

When you have lost teeth or face the loss of all or some of your teeth, you have lots of questions. Rightly, so! Losing and replacing teeth is serious business, and you want to get them replaced correctly the first time. Here are some common questions and answers about missing teeth and tooth replacement options.

Why Do People Lose Teeth?
People lose teeth for a variety of reasons. You might have lost your teeth due to an accident that caused trauma to your mouth, whole-body illnesses, gum disease, or tooth decay. In all cases, we have options to replace your missing teeth. You never have to worry that you’ll have to go without a single tooth for the rest of your life. Although, your replacement teeth will need to be taken care of. So, if you lost your teeth due to gum disease or teeth decay caused by poor oral hygiene, you’ll need to commit to keeping your mouth healthy from here on out.

How Do I Prevent Tooth Loss?
Preventing tooth loss can be as simple as developing a healthy oral care routine or protecting your teeth when you play contact sports or other activities where you might experience tooth trauma. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, floss, use mouth wash, and visit your Puyallup dentist twice a year for cleanings and oral exams. Keeping up this healthy habit will reduce your risk for gum disease and tooth decay. You’ll even reduce your risk of whole-body illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease.

If you play a contact sport or have a hobby where you could experience tooth trauma, wear a mouthguard while you participate. This will place a protective barrier around your teeth and save you from losing or damaging your teeth.

What Are My Options For Replacing Missing Teeth?

A 30 something woman with a missing tooth.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, you have options.

Dental implants
All-on-4 dental implants
Dental Bridges

Dental implants and dental bridges are great options if you’re missing only a tooth or a few teeth. If you’re missing an entire arch or mouth of teeth, all-on-4 dental implants or dentures are better options. We’ll go over your health history and discuss which option is best for you. At Johns Family and Implant Dentistry in Puyallup, you never have to be afraid to ask questions. We know tooth loss is emotional, and we’re here for you every step of the way.

What Do I Do If I’ve Lost All My Teeth?
Visit a Puyallup, WA dentist if you’ve lost all your teeth. Dr. Johns and his team are experienced in restorative procedures as well as cosmetic and general dentistry. This means that you’ll get a new attractive, healthy, and functional smile.

Look into dentures or all-on-4 dental implants if you’ve lost all your teeth. These options can replace all the missing teeth in your mouth or a single arch.

Can You Get Porcelian Veneers With No Teeth?
You cannot get dental veneers without teeth. A dental veneer is a cosmetic dentistry option that enhances the appearance of your smile. They’re thin sheets of ceramic material that must bond to the front of natural teeth. Without a tooth to bond to, you can not get veneers.

What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement option that allows you to replace one tooth or many. They are the best tooth-replacement option because they replace the entire tooth, not just the crown. We surgically implant a small titanium post into your jaw bone. Then, we place a ceramic crown on top. The implant acts as a tooth root and takes your bite force, stimulating your jawbone to prevent bone loss.

All-on-4 dental implants are a type of implant. It replaces an entire arch of teeth (top or bottom) on only 4 implants. We place the implants strategically into the thickest part of your jawbone. If you are looking for the option closest to a natural tooth’s function, choose implants in Puyallup, WA.

What Type of Dentures Should I Get?
You can get full dentures, partial dentures, or implant dentures. Which one you choose partially depends on how many teeth you’re missing. If you aren’t missing all your teeth, partial dentures may be for you. Dentures or implant dentures are great options if you are replacing all your teeth or an entire arch.

Implant dentures are similar to all-on-4 dental implants, except a denture sits atop the implants. It’s secured in place, so you have stability when chewing and biting.

Replace Your Missing Teeth in Rochester, MI
If you face the loss of all your teeth or just need to replace a few, you have options in Puyallup. Call (253) 848-3723 to make an appointment with Dr. David Johns.