3 impacts of missing teeth in Beverly

Losing a tooth can be a cosmetic disaster if it is a tooth that shows when you smile., but missing teeth anywhere in your mouth can also cause oral health problems that you may not be aware of. An open space where there used to be a tooth can start a chain reaction of dental problems that can lead to crooked teeth, oral hygiene issues and even jaw problems.

1. One lost tooth can lead to problems

When just one tooth is lost, the foundation of your teeth is weakened. Other teeth can begin to shift out of place, beginning with the teeth that surround the space where the missing tooth used to be. If you lose a tooth in the back of your mouth and do not replace it, several years down the road you may find yourself with crooked teeth. Oral hygiene becomes complicated by missing teeth because cleaning gapped or crooked teeth can be difficult. Food particles left behind are a primary cause of gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and the loss of more teeth.

2. TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder can be caused by missing teeth or a misaligned bite. The jaws are designed to handle chewing action when the teeth are properly aligned. When they are not, extra stress is put on the jaw joints and muscles. TMJ disorder has painful symptoms including headaches, neck pain and even back pain.

3. Sleep problems

In addition to pain, TMJ disorder can affect your sleep. A misaligned bite can contribute to sleep apnea or snoring by causing you to hold your mouth in a position that lets your tongue fall back and block the air passageway.

The best way to replace a missing tooth

Problems caused by a missing tooth can be avoided by having the tooth replaced. Dentures involve wires or adhesive to hold them in place, and at one time, this inconvenience was the only way to replace a missing tooth. Today there is a better way. Dental implants are almost permanent tooth replacement option. Implants become a permanent part of your jaw through a process known as osseointegration. They function almost exactly like natural teeth, and there are no special cleaners or dental products required for them.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about missing teeth, why they should be replaced and why implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth, call your Beverly dentist for a consultation appointment. Implants work best to replace teeth that have been recently lost, so if you already have missing teeth, make the call now.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Dental Implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Dr. Benjamin Polan plants a forest of fresh smiles in Beverly, MA using dental implants

Plant a fresh smile on your face with dental implants

Before the development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing missing teeth. Composed of a crown and a titanium screw, the implant fuses to your jawbone through a process called ‘osseointegration’. A dental implant provides just as much natural stability as your original teeth so there is generally no need to shape or cut down adjacent healthy teeth and bone when an implant is placed. Once the implant is secured within your jaw, replacement teeth can be attached to provide function as well as prevent any further bone loss.

How are dental implants “planted”?

A primary examination and a series of x-rays determine which teeth need to be replaced and the exact size and location of each implant. The implants are then surgically placed within the jaw and secured permanently. A mold is then created for precise placement of the crown.

The procedure is done under general anesthesia and you will need to prepare a ride home for after the procedure. Follow-up care will involve visiting the surgeon over several weeks to assure the tissue is growing properly around the implant. Any sign of infection or complications should be immediately reported. Healing and recovery will depend on your overall dental health and how well you follow the recovery instructions.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

You must have good dental health and hygiene to be a successful candidate for a dental implant. Your teeth must also be fully grown, therefore most children and teens will not qualify. If you are a smoker, Dr. Polan will need to evaluate your oral health to make sure dentals implants will be an effective treatment for you.

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan can permanently secure implants to replace your missing teeth and restore the problem area. Having a complete set of teeth will make eating simpler and less painful.

Don’t let missing teeth spoil your smile

Missing teeth should not be taken lightly by anyone who’s concerned about their appearance, well-being and longevity. Missing teeth will lead to a host of big ticket health problems such as TMJ and gum disease. Dr. Benjamin Polan is a cosmetic dentist based in Beverly, MA that has extensive experience with dental implants and can help restore your smile and self-confidence.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

Dental Bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan fills the gaps in Beverly, MA with dental bridges

Replace missing teeth with a dental bridge

A dental bridge is an important oral health treatment that Dr. Polan uses to improve your appearance and oral health. They are natural-looking dental appliances that bridges gaps between your teeth.

They are made of a pair of crowns that are anchored on both sides of the gap caused by missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable. They can restore your bite, your appearance, your smile, and your self-confidence.

What exactly is a dental bridge?

A bridge appliance is most often made from porcelain, gold, or a combination of materials. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Dr. Polan uses only the most advanced materials, and does not use any metal in his office. Your bridge will look exactly like your natural teeth!

There are several types of fixed dental bridges, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, only your Beverly, MA dentist can remove a fixed bridge. Appliances called implant bridges are also available, and are attached to the bone below your gum tissue, creating a permanent solution.

Better smile, better health with Dental Bridges in Beverly, MA

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge isn’t only to improve your appearance. Life with missing teeth can lead to a host of oral health issues such as shifting teeth, decay, or even TMJ problems. Dental bridges are necessary for maintaining the shape of your teeth and your face. They will improve and restore your smile, properly distribute your bite, and enable you to properly chew and speak.

Plan a visit to find out more

Choosing a dental bridge made by Beverly, MA dentist, Dr. Benjamin Polan will let you look forward to great improvements in your appearance, your confidence, and your oral health.

A visit to a cosmetic dentist will help you learn more about this procedure and what to expect. By replacing your missing teeth with a dental bridge, you’ll be investing in something amazing – you.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan

Cosmetic & Restorative

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Beverly, MA

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry in Beverly, MA

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Much Needed Self-Care

Sometimes taking care of a missing tooth or something in your appearance that isn’t quite how you wish it was, can be easy to put off. But it can make all the difference in your quality of life!

Small Change Can Make a Big Difference

Doing something for yourself like whitening your teeth or fixing your smile with veneers can have a big impact.

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Dr, Polan and his staff provide a comfortable, professional environment. They use the latest equipment and techniques. My wife and I have been going to Dr. Polan for several years and have always been completely satisfied with his services.

- Michael P, Ipswich, MA

I had a wonderful time!!! Everyone was “exceptional” hence the reason it is in the title of the business. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a dentist.

- AWendy G, Beverly, MA/h6>

Warm, welcoming environment. They do great work cleanings & crowns! 1 visit crown is awesome. I would definitely recommend to a friend, especially if they have insurance. Prices can be too high if you have to pay out-of-pocket./p>

- Diane V, Salem, MA

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan