Missing Teeth Pittsfield, MA

Your teeth impact your overall well-being. A missing tooth can disrupt your bite, speech, and eating habits and can even lead to premature wear, damage, or loss of remaining teeth. Additionally, headaches and jaw pain may arise as you rely more on the remaining teeth.

Missing teeth can cause not only aesthetic concerns but also significant health issues as the jawbone begins to deteriorate over time. Within the first year after tooth loss, individuals may lose 25 percent of their supporting jawbone structure. Dental restoration may be necessary to preserve bone structure, oral health, and appearance. It's best to consider your options soon after tooth extraction to simplify the process. During a consultation at Western Mass Periodontics, our team will discuss tooth replacement options to help you make an informed decision. For more information, contact our office in either Great Barrington or Pittsfield, MA.

Anyone missing one or more teeth or dissatisfied with their dentures may be a suitable candidate for dental implants, regardless of age. However, factors like smoking, diabetes, and past radiation therapy in the area can affect the success rate of implant placement. X-rays of the jaw will assess its suitability for implants, with detailed images possibly required to plan additional procedures if necessary. Our Pittsfield, MA team will review your candidacy with you to determine if this is right for you.

Treating missing teeth is crucial for maintaining oral health and overall well-being. There are several options for treating missing teeth, depending on where and how many teeth are missing. Some options we offer at our Pittsfield and Great Barrington, MA offices may include:

  • Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge consists of a series of replacement teeth connected together and cemented onto the adjacent teeth for support. Typically, the protective outer layer of these teeth is removed or ground down before attaching the bridge.
  • Flipper: A temporary and cost-effective option is a removable plastic tooth, along with a plastic retainer, commonly known as a "flipper."
  • Metal Partial: A sturdier alternative is a removable partial denture crafted from metal and plastic, offering increased durability. It remains secured in place with wire clips and can be easily removed and reinserted by the patient as needed.
  • Dentures: Complete dentures are the predominant solution for individuals missing all teeth in one or both jaws. While some individuals adjust seamlessly to dentures, others may find them uncomfortable or intolerable due to variations in jaw size and shape.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants offer the most comfortable and long-lasting solution for missing teeth. They provide a robust foundation for teeth, promoting jaw health and strength. Implants can support individual replacement teeth or secure specialized dentures securely in place. Unlike bridges, they don't damage healthy teeth, and they have the potential to last a lifetime. Implant-supported replacement teeth are not only attractive but also stable and comfortable for almost any patient.

After having missing teeth replaced, you can expect improved oral function, aesthetics, and overall confidence. Depending on the chosen treatment, such as dental implants or bridges, you may experience some initial discomfort or an adjustment period. However, once the replacement teeth settle in, you'll enjoy restored chewing ability and speech clarity. Additionally, your facial appearance may improve, as missing teeth can lead to facial sagging. With proper care and maintenance, whether with dental implants offering long-term stability or bridges providing reliable support, you can expect your new teeth to enhance your quality of life for years to come.

Whether missing teeth treatment is covered by insurance depends on your specific insurance plan and the type of treatment required. Some dental insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost for treatments such as dental implants, bridges, or dentures, while others may offer limited coverage or none at all. Our team can review your insurance policy and consult with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket expenses. Western Mass Periodontics is proud to accept various payment options to make getting necessary dental work more convenient.

My first visit, they made me feel at ease. Very professional, and friendly Definitely recommend

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Just finished my first complete implant procedure with Dr. Schmidt. All done. Perfect!!! Ready for the new tooth. This whole experience with Dr. Schmidt was excellent!! Better than I could possibly hope for. My previous five implants with different doctors were a mixed bag. Painful, unsuccessful and expensive. Not with Dr. Schmidt!! Fast, painless and 100% successful. Ellis Dental Clinic in Schenectady, NY quoted a price of $8,000 for this front tooth implant. Dr. Schmidt charged $2,600. A bargain and such a professional procedure. I have two more implants needed and I will be contacting Dr. Schmidt for them.

D.S. Google

The place was immaculate and so professional. Staff and doctor were courteous and informative.

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Calming and welcoming environment. Office and clinical staff were all both professional and personable. I felt myself in excellent hands with Dr. Salzmann and the assisting clinicians.

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Ready to restore your smile and regain confidence? Contact Western Mass Periodontics in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, MA, today to explore your options for replacing missing teeth. Our experienced team is here to help you achieve optimal oral health and a radiant smile. Schedule your consultation now and take the first step toward a brighter, healthier future.

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