Missing teeth pose both an aesthetic and a functional problem. Depending on the location, even a single missing tooth can detract heavily from the appearance of your smile. Regardless of location, missing teeth change bite tension, may allow adjacent teeth to slip out of place, produce uneven tooth wear, and will result in structural changes to the face as the jaw collapses around the socket. For these reasons and more, it is best to discuss your tooth replacement options with Bernardsville cosmetic dentist Dr. Patti Swaintek-Lamb as soon as possible following tooth loss.
Tooth Replacement Options
Dr. Swaintek-Lamb offers a range of tooth replacement options including:
- Dental bridges
- Dentures and partials
- Dental implants
All of these options can restore a healthy appearance to your smile and, to varying degrees, strength and function. However, dental implants alone address the issue of jaw collapse, making them the best solution for tooth replacement for many of our patients.
Implant dentistry enjoys a number of unique benefits. Chief among them is the preservation of facial structure. Because they are placed directly into the jaw, dental implants are able to replace missing tooth roots. Only by replacing the roots of missing teeth can the shape and density of the jawbone be preserved. Our Bernardsville cosmetic dentist can discuss this with you in greater detail during your implant dentistry consultation.
If you are not a good dental implants candidate, another option will need to be explored. It is good to remember that, while only dental implants will prevent changes to the jaw, all forms of tooth replacement provide both practical and appearance-related benefits. During your visit, Dr. Swaintek-Lamb will assess your teeth and jaw, discuss all of your options, and help you choose the best one for your needs.
To schedule your implant dentistry consultation at our Bernardsville cosmetic dentistry office, please use our online contact form or call (908) 221-1188 today. Aesthetic Dentistry of Bernardsville welcomes patients from Morristown, Bedminster, Baskin Ridge, and all surrounding areas of New Jersey.