Top Reasons You Should Replace A Missing Tooth
Have you recently learned you need a tooth extracted and are undecided if you are going to follow through with a tooth replacement? Did you perhaps lose a tooth some time ago and have postponed replacing it? We know that it can be upsetting when you lose your natural teeth, whether from decay, injury or illness. We encourage every patient to replace any and all missing teeth. It is not only best for your oral health, but it greatly improves your quality of life. Missing teeth can lead to numerous problems with your oral and overall health. Continue reading to learn more.
The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Each tooth in your mouth plays an important part. When one tooth is missing, it changes the function of the other teeth. Think of your teeth like a sports team — if one player is missing, it changes the dynamic of the game and the work intensifies for the other players. Players can become fatigued or injured due to the extra responsibility. A missing tooth increases the wear and pressure on the other teeth, especially when chewing food. Over time, this can lead to the surrounding teeth becoming worn and damaged.
Reasons to Replace Teeth
We know there are times that patients are hesitant to replace a missing tooth, especially if it is a rear molar. Other patients hesitate due to time constraints, money concerns, and nerves. We encourage each patient to meet with our team to discuss your options. It is extremely important, no matter the location, to replace each tooth that is missing for many reasons such as:
- Your other teeth will wear faster because they have to do extra work
- You can develop a speech impediment or lisp due to missing teeth
- Eating becomes more complicated, and you might need to avoid certain foods
- Your teeth can easily shift and become misaligned, creating gaps and crowding issues
- The jaw will begin to deteriorate, causing facial drooping
If you are in need of a tooth replacement and would like more information about which treatment plan is best for you, please contact our office located in Burton, MI. We look forward to helping you with your dental needs soon.