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How To Replace Missing Teeth


Do you cover your smile? Are you embarrassed by a missing tooth or teeth? You have options for replacing teeth comfortably and professionally.

But what are the risk factors for missing teeth and why should missing teeth be replaced?

Risk Factors

There are several habits and conditions that may make some patients more prone to losing teeth than others:

  • Gum Disease
  • Malnutrition
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use
  • Alcohol Consumption
  • Age

If you have lost a tooth or teeth due to these conditions, schedule an appointment at Dechter & Moy Dentistry for professional treatment.

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

If gaps left by missing teeth are not filled, further oral health problems may develop, such as:

  • Difficulty Chewing
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Shifting Teeth
  • Irregular Bite
  • Facial Sagging
  • Speech Issues

However, there are multiple treatment options that can replace a missing tooth or teeth for a fuller and more stable smile.

Treatments for Missing Teeth

Dr. Alan Dechter and Dr. Matthew Moy make it their priority to give patients the professional care they deserve. Prior to treatment, they will ensure that the treatment option that you pick is in line with your budget, goals, and oral health needs. Some of the treatment options for replacing missing teeth include:

Dental Implants

Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth. Acting like tooth roots, titanium implants conform to bone tissue in and heal in about three to six months. After this time, a permanent crown is placed on the abutment, securing it to the post.

Dental Bridges

For a single tooth or several consecutive missing teeth, dental bridges are a great option. Dental bridges are a great way to preserve natural teeth and “bridge the gap” between teeth.


Dentures are used to replace several missing teeth or whole arches of missing teeth. This solution improves the form and function of teeth and makes it easier for patients to speak and eat.