Missing Teeth: You Have Options

Are you embarrassed by a missing tooth or teeth? You’re not alone.

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 120 million people in America are missing at least one tooth, and this number is expected to rise in the next two decades.

The majority of adult Americans have missing teeth, and there are procedures that replace and protect teeth to ensure long-lasting results.

Causes of Missing Teeth

How do people lose teeth in the first place? There are several common causes of missing teeth:

  • Mouth Injury
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • Smoking
  • Tooth Decay
  • Gum Disease

But why should you replace your tooth, and what risks do missing teeth bring?

Problems Missing Teeth May Cause

Missing teeth may also cause problems themselves, such as:

  • Misaligned Teeth
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Tooth Gaps
  • Chewing Problems
  • Speaking Problems

It is important that you get professional dental treatment if you have noticed these problems. Treatment prevents further oral health problems and stops existing problems in their tracks.

Treatment Options for Missing Teeth

You have options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth. At AH Smiles, Dr. Brent Engelberg & Associates offer many different treatments for patients with missing teeth:


Dentures are a good option for people who are missing all of their upper or lower arch. During treatment, dentures are supported by tissues in the oral cavity. This option also brings natural-looking results that help patients use their teeth normally again.

Dental Implants

Similar to existing healthy teeth, dental implants look natural but are recommended for a single tooth. Dental implants bond to the natural bone so that they are structurally sound. In addition, dental implants offer protection from tooth crowding by filling the gap left from a missing tooth.

Dental Bridge

Dental bridges are devices that are used to aid new dental implants or dentures. They are made up of two or more dental crowns that are anchored to adjacent teeth for added support.

Learn more about the different treatment options that we offer our patients here.

Schedule an Appointment

Don’t wait for new oral problems to find you. Call AH Smiles at (847) 230-9703 for a consultation or schedule an appointment with us online here.