Dr. Zachary Law, DDS
1337 Hardy Road | Vinton, VA 24179
Creating Healthy Smiles
& Happy Families

I have missing teeth. What can you do to help me?

We do have options for replacing missing teeth such as dental bridges and dentures. The option we recommend will depend on your individual needs and desired results.

Dental bridges work very well when you need only one or two teeth replaced. A bridge is made up of an artificial tooth (known as a pontic) and dental crowns that secure the pontic to your natural teeth on either side.

Partial dentures are used when you have several teeth missing; full dentures are used when all your teeth are missing or have been extracted. Modern dentures are much more comfortable than those made in the past. The material does not irritate your mouth, and today’s dentures can be created to form a very snug fit, reducing the risk of slipping and sliding.

A missing tooth is unattractive and can lead to other serious oral health problems, so replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is very important. Over time, a missing tooth permits surrounding teeth to move into the empty space. The result is that the rest of your teeth begin to shift out of their proper position, causing your teeth to become misaligned, which can lead to pain, loose teeth, grinding, and even fractures.