Importance Of Replacing Missing Teeth
At Palmieri Dentistry, we work hard to create beautiful, healthy, functioning smiles so our patients can enjoy their lives. If you have experienced tooth loss, it can be an emotional and confusing time. We are here to help patients work through their feelings and the process of replacing their teeth. Patients are often eager to replace a tooth when it is missing from the front of the mouth but are more hesitant when the tooth is in the back. We want to encourage anyone who may be missing a tooth to replace it as soon as possible, no matter the location. A missing tooth can lead to serious problems with your oral health in the future.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
While each tooth is an individual, all your teeth work together as a team. When one tooth is missing, it can change the way the surrounding teeth function. Failure to replace a missing tooth can lead to problems such as:
Your teeth love to move and take up as much space as possible. When a tooth is missing, it gives the surrounding teeth the perfect opportunity to move out of place. This can lead to problems such as overcrowding, crooked teeth, and bite issues. Eventually, these problems can develop into recurring issues with decay.
A missing tooth can change the way you bite and chew your food. Teeth may touch in an unnatural way, which can cause uneven wear. Problems such as sensitivity and cracked teeth may develop.
The jawbone holds the teeth in place in your mouth. When your teeth are properly aligned, the stimulation from the tooth roots keeps the jawbone healthy. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone will slowly begin to deteriorate. This can cause the face to appear sunken or droopy.
If you are in Mooresville, NC or the surrounding area and need a tooth replacement, we are happy to discuss the tooth replacement options we offer. We will discuss your lifestyle and budget and find a solution that will give you beautiful and lasting results. Call our office to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!