Missing or lost teeth are common dental concerns. However, Dr. Joseph A. Catanzano III, DDS treats patients with missing teeth in Washington, D.C. Dr. Catanzano ensures that patients receive comfortable restorations for a fuller and healthier smile. You can learn about your options for replacing missing teeth below.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Several problems can arise when the gaps between teeth are not replaced soon enough, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Crooked teeth
- Bone loss
- Shifting teeth
- Speech issues
- Difficulty chewing
- Facial sagging
Call 202.315.2188 if you notice any of these conditions arise. The team at Foxhall Smiles will be happy to help you.
Replacing Missing Teeth
If you have one or more missing teeth and want a fuller and more functional smile, try dental implants. Consisting of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown, dental implants are a secure and durable treatment option for patients. Dental implants can also be used to secure dental bridges or dentures, which replace multiple consecutive teeth or whole arches of teeth.
Dental bridges can be removable or secured with dental implants to replace multiple missing teeth. Secured dental bridges provide more stability and last longer than removable dental bridges. Natural teeth adjacent to tooth gaps can be shaped to ensure that they can properly support the bridge. Dental bridges usually consist of a metal framework that is covered by porcelain to improve the aesthetics of the patient’s smile.
Dentures and Partials
Implant-secured dentures utilize dentures that are attached to and supported by dental implants. Dental implants consist of titanium posts that are inserted into the jaw bone. After a healing period of three to six months, the implants are covered with dental crowns and the supporting bar that makes up the denture is secured. Patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth can benefit from partial dentures. Partial dentures are made of a metal or acrylic material, with replacement teeth that are attached to a base with a metal framework.
Request an Appointment
Call 202.315.2188 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Catanzano online. Feel free to ask our staff any remaining questions you may have about our restorative options for missing teeth.