According to the American Dental Association, the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth.
Batavia dentist Ronald Murphy said replacing missing teeth is a must. Not replacing a missing tooth can lead to loss of bone, shifting of your remaining teeth, loss of area to chew with and it can even affect how you speak.
“It’s a fact that you love longer with more teeth,” Murphy said.
Murphy’s office is located at 1605 W. Wilson St., Suite 114, Batavia. Specializing in general and cosmetic dentistry, he has been in practice for 12 years.
Murphy advises that dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. According to the American Dental Association, implants are designed to blend in with your other teeth. They are made up of titanium and other material that are safe for people and are surgically placed into the jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
There are three steps to getting an implant. According to the American Dental Association, first, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Then, the bone around the implant heals, basically combining with the implant. Once that is complete, the dentist will place the replacement tooth.
Bridges are another option. The American Dental Association advises that bridges anchored to your adjacent teeth can be removable or fixed, depending on the patient’s mouth.
“Partial (Dentures) can be used if all other options are not possible,” Murphy said.
The American Dental Association advises that dentures are an option if the patient has lost all or most of their teeth.
Learn more about Dr. Murphy at www.murphydentistry.com | 630.879.7642