Congenitally Missing Teeth: What are my options?

To be born without certain permanent teeth is a common occurrence. Each year, millions of teens and adults find that one or more of their baby teeth will not be replaced by the corresponding permanent teeth. Although this issue arises frequently, the missing teeth are far too important to ignore.

Choosing a long-term tooth replacement such as dental implants is often the best solution to congenital tooth loss. With the help of an experienced oral surgeon, your natural teeth can be replaced with the next best solution.

When it comes to addressing the issue of congenitally missing teeth, you certainly have options. If you choose to do nothing, you run the risk of an unbalanced bite and subsequent shifting of the remaining teeth.

Since this type of dental condition generally involves only one or two missing teeth, a removable choice such as a denture or partial would not be recommended. By design, these appliances require a considerable amount of metal and acrylic, making them too bulky for the replacement of a single tooth.

A dental bridge can be used to “bridge” the gap created by a congenitally missing tooth. Unfortunately, if the teeth on either side of the space are healthy, they must still be permanently altered to accommodate the bridge. In essence, a bridge must occupy an amount of space equivalent to three teeth in order to replace a single tooth.

When you turn to a dental professional for advice and guidance regarding tooth replacement, you will likely receive the most ideal recommendation first. Rather than dentures, partials, and bridges, the top recommendation is typically the dental implant.

According to the size and width of the vacant space at the site of the missing tooth, the dental implant can be customized for a perfect fit. You can be assured that your new tooth will appear natural and feel comfortable, while never compromising another tooth or consuming more space than necessary.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants as a solution for congenitally missing teeth, contact the office of Drs. Steven D. Sherry and John D. Wallace, your oral surgeons serving Dallas and the surrounding areas, for an appointment.