If you have ever lost a tooth, replacing it immediately might seem like a no-brainer. However, you might be surprised to learn that according to the American College of Prosthodontics, about 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
Did you know that besides the cosmetic insecurities that come with a missing tooth, there are also crucial dental health-related reasons to replace missing teeth? Your dentist can discuss the best option for your situation, but here are some reasons to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge, dentures, or dental implant.
When you lose a tooth, you leave a gap in your mouth that can cause misalignment. This is because the teeth on either side of the hole will naturally start to shift to fill the gap. This shift leads to a change in the way your upper jaw meets your lower jaw and a range of subsequent problems. Replacing your missing tooth will fill the gap and prevent teeth from shifting to keep your bite consistent.
The force of chewing stimulates the jawbone, helping it maintain strength and stability. However, your lost tooth results in part of your jawbone no longer getting that stimulation and starting to shrink as soon as six months after the tooth is lost. Additionally, bone loss can change the shape of your face, causing early-onset aging.
Your teeth play a lot of roles in your mouth and body. Not only do you need them to chew your food properly and aid digestion, but they can also impact your speech. When teeth are missing, the way air flows through your mouth can change, leading to permanent speech impairment.
Replacing your missing tooth will also improve the visual aesthetics of your smile. A complete set of shiny white teeth has a dramatic advantage visually over those with holes in their smile. In addition, having a nice smile will help you to feel confident, both personally and professionally. So replacing those missing teeth benefits your emotional health as well.
If it is time for you to have a regular check-up or need a tooth replacement, reach out to Value Dental Care. Our trained staff is always ready to help you with all your oral care needs. We offer high-quality care at affordable prices. Email or call us today to schedule an appointment at our Spring Hill (352-684-1274) or Crystal River (352-794-6139) locations.