Do you have a missing tooth that is affecting your smile? Missing teeth should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid additional dental problems that can affect treatment options. Left untreated, missing teeth will lead to bone loss in the jaw and changes in the bite as adjacent teeth shift position.
Dr. Doyle Freano offers several tooth replacement options for missing teeth in Lexington, KY. After a comprehensive dental exam, he will recommend the most suitable options for your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget. We will never recommend unnecessary treatments and do our best to offer affordable dental care for all ages.
Missing Teeth Treatment Options in Lexington, KY
Dentures, bridges, and implants restore health and function to the smile:
Dentures and Partials
Today’s cosmetic dentures can provide a natural-looking option when several or all of the teeth have been lost or removed. Dentures can be removable or permanently secured with dental implants, also known as “all-on-four”. Whenever possible, Dr. Freano will recommend implant secured dentures because of their high rate of patient satisfaction and the benefits they offer for oral health.
A dental bridge is a removable appliance for replacing one or several lost teeth. As with dentures, a dental bridge can be removable (known as flipper teeth) or anchored by a dental crown or dental implant.
Dental implants are considered the most desirable option for replacing missing teeth. This is because they function much like a natural tooth. Dental implants are secured into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post which acts as a tooth root and reduces bone loss and subsequent jaw shrinkage.
Dr. Freano is one of few area dentists providing full services for dental implants. For patients, this means that all phases of the implant process are performed in his newly renovated Lexington dentist office. Dr. Freano will perform a thorough examination to ensure a patient is a good candidate for dental implants or implant-secured dentures. Sufficient jaw bone is necessary for the implantation of the titanium post.
Dental implants have had an over 95% success rate among current patients, enabling them to eat and speak normally. With proper dental care, dental implants provide a permanent solution to lost teeth.
- Dental Implants Overview
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implant Process
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants for Multiple Teeth
- Single Tooth Dental Implant
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
Missing Teeth FAQs
Learn more about missing teeth causes and treatment here:
What can dentists do to replace missing teeth?
There are many options to consider when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are a common choice because they function and look like natural teeth. Bridges are also a popular choice because they also feel and look natural. Partial dentures may be chosen by patients who want to be able to remove them.
What are the causes of missing teeth?
There are many factors that may play into the reasons patients may be missing teeth. The American College of Prosthetics says that there are three main categories as to why people are missing teeth. Many people are born missing some of their teeth. Missing a molar or one of wisdom teeth is actually fairly common. The second reason is due to an untreated cavity.
If a patient leaves a cavity untreated, over time the bacteria will go deeper into the tooth and gums. Gum disease is the third reason patients may be missing teeth. Gum disease attacks the jaw bone. If the damage done to the jaw bone is severe enough it may cause patients to need to have teeth removed.
If I am missing a tooth does it need to be replaced?
It is highly recommended that patients have their teeth replaced if they are missing. Missing teeth can shift your bite and make the rest of your teeth crooked. They can also cause bone loss. It is important to replace missing teeth.
Can missing teeth cause problems?
Missing teeth can cause many problems for patients who do not have them treated. When a tooth is missing your gum is exposed. This increases your risk of infection because bacteria can access your gum tissue much easier than when it was protected by your tooth. If you choose not to treat a missing tooth it may also change the shape of your face, making it slightly asymmetrical because of your bone structure changes.
What is the best option for a missing front tooth?
Dental implants are the most commonly chosen option for replacing a front tooth that is missing. They are the strongest, most durable option, while also aesthetically being able to blend in. Implants can be color-matched so that they are the exact same color as your other teeth, and blend in with the overall appearance of your bite.
At what age do adults start losing teeth?
As we age many people will begin to lose teeth. Studies have shown that around the age of 50 most adults have lost 12 teeth. Between the ages of 65-74, 26% of patients have lost all of their teeth. Missing teeth that are left untreated can cause a variety of health issues in adults.
Schedule a Worry-Free Dental Consultation
Dr. Freano will conduct a thorough evaluation to see which treatment best fits your needs. We can also combine multiple treatments for a smile makeover. Schedule a consultation online today, or give us a call at 859-554-1586 today.