People lose teeth from varied reasons like decay, gum disease, cancer treatment and lack of proper care. Tooth loss can also occur playing sports without the proper equipment and from many other types of accidents.
No matter how you lost your tooth, the answer to the question of “should I replace my missing tooth?” is a resounding YES, and as soon as possible. In fact, doing nothing about your missing tooth is the only option you should avoid. Now that you know the answer, we will explain why it is so crucial to do something about that missing tooth.
Reasons To Replace A Missing Tooth
Chewing our food properly is the most important function of your teeth. Missing teeth may cause you to avoid the nutritious food we need in our diet, which can affect our physical health and well being.
Missing teeth may also prevent us from chewing our food sufficiently, thus causing digestive issues. Even a missing molar can drastically affect how you chew.
Having even one missing tooth can affect our alignment in countless ways. The empty space in our mouth causes the surrounding teeth to eventually shift to fill the space changing our alignment. Once that shift has occurred, it becomes harder to fix later.
The missing roots can also cause deterioration of the jawbone, and the gums may eventually pull back or recede.
As the opposite teeth have no place to rest or another tooth to chew against, one’s bite will shift over time. This change can lead to chronic headaches.
The bone loss and shifting alignment can change your facial structure making you look older than you are. Your face and mouth will eventually even develop a sunken appearance.
Unless you are fond of the “Beverly Hillbillies” look, missing teeth, especially in front, don’t engender the most appealing smile.
A noticeable missing tooth can make you uncomfortable around other people, modifying how you are willing to speak and socialize with others. Employment relationships and personal relationships can also both be negatively affected.
Hopefully we have convinced you that doing nothing is not an option.
Speak to East Village Dental Arts about the multiple dental options available to replace your missing tooth.
You can choose from:
- Dentures if you have lost many teeth
- A dental bridge which is anchored to the adjacent teeth
- Dental implants which are long-lasting, minimize jaw bone loss, and look like natural teeth