Missing teeth happen for a variety of reasons including infection, decay, injury, and more. While some people may not realize it, replacing missing teeth have many benefits that should not be taken lightly.
3 Reasons To Replace Missing Teeth
Missing Teeth Can Change Your Appearance
Your smile is a major part of a first impression. A missing tooth is undeniably one of the first things someone will notice about you. Even more important however is the impact a missing tooth can have on the rest of your face. A gap between the teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift toward the gap resulting in crooked and misaligned teeth.
Missing teeth can also cause bone loss as lack of stimulation can lead to decreased bone density and volume. The result of this deterioration may cause a shift in your entire face making parts of your face shift. This is a common effect in people who use traditional dentures. When they remove their teeth, the muscles of the mouth and surrounding areas fold inward toward the mouth. Replacing the teeth allow for a more natural appearance.
Missing Teeth Can Affect How You Speak And Eat
It’s no surprise that missing teeth or gaps between teeth affect your speech. Common speech problems include a lisp, whistling, and difficulty enunciating words. Your tongue touches your teeth to produce sounds and a sudden loss of a contact area will immediately affect your speech.
An empty gap in your smile also creates a risk whenever you chew and eat your food. If someone missing a tooth neglects to take smaller or more strategic bites, food can irritate their gums and cause pain. Missing teeth goes beyond just aesthetics and can be a daily inconvenience as well.
Missing Teeth Are More Expensive To Replace Later On
If you’re indecisive about whether or not you want to replace a missing tooth, know that the decision is best made sooner rather than later. If the bone quality at the site of your missing tooth deteriorates, a dental implant can become more complicated and perhaps more costly. If you have one missing tooth as a result of neglecting your dental health, and you lose another, the process of replacing multiple teeth would be more expensive as well.
Dental Implants – Tooth Loss Solution
If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Sisko may recommend dental implants. Dental implants are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where there is a missing tooth or teeth. These metal anchors act as substitutes for the roots of teeth, which are then attached to artificial teeth and serve as a strong foundation for the replacements. Dental implants improve speech, comfort, and function and protect healthy bone structure and restore your smile.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
For dental implants, Dr. Sisko will consider a number of factors, such as gum tissue health, the location of your nerves and sinuses, the strength and health of your jawbone, and your overall health.
Sisko Dentistry in Tallmadge, OH is dedicated to your health and wellness. If you are missing a tooth or are looking for an expert dental surgeon that can offer multiple solutions for tooth loss, Dr. Sisko and his team are ready to help. Dr. Sisko has over 30 years of experience in dental restoration and cosmetic dentistry. When you are at Sisko Dental, you are in great hands.