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Missing Teeth - Don't Miss Out on Life!

A smile is universal. No matter where you go, a smile is a symbol of joy, happiness, and pleasure. Unfortunately, many adults are holding their smiles back because of tooth loss.

According to the American Dental Association, the average adult has three or more decayed or missing teeth. Missing teeth are often the result of trauma (car or sports accidents), tooth decay, poor nutrition or gum disease.

The loss of teeth can affect many aspects of a person’s life from their confidence, career, and self-esteem. Many adults adjust to living without a full set of teeth but aren’t aware of the additional cosmetic and health risks that missing teeth can cause over time.

Extra room caused by missing teeth in your mouth can make the rest of your teeth shift and crowd around each other, which can hinder future dental work. Bone loss and early aging can also result from missing teeth causing tissue and skin around your mouth to weaken and sag.

At Shane McDowell Dentistry, we are committed to restoring your confidence, health, and quality of life through your teeth. If you are one of the estimated 178 million Americans missing a tooth, you don’t have to continue suffering – we are experienced in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and have a variety of solutions and options to replace missing teeth:

  • Implants - For those missing a single tooth, a dental implant can be inserted and will look and function as a natural tooth.

  • Dentures - If you have lost all or most of your teeth, dentures that can fit over natural teeth or implants with the option to be removable or secured tightly for maximum retention and functionality.

  • Bridges - When one or few teeth are missing, bridges can be inserted and secured in place by adjacent teeth with the option to be removable or fixed.

We will recommend the best options and procedures that will benefit you and your smile. If you have any questions about restorative techniques and methods for replacing missing teeth, contact or schedule an appointment with Dr. Shane McDowell’s office at (239) 936-0597 or visit

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