Losing a tooth is not something a person plans on. Often, it can be a sudden and devastating loss because of injury or trauma, but it can also happen because of gum disease or other oral health issues. Whatever the case, it is vital to replace missing teeth as soon as possible for a number of reasons.
Prevents the Deterioration of the Jaw
One of the most important reasons for replacing missing teeth is that it can prevent deterioration of the jawbone. Without a tooth root to hold in place, the jaw will naturally begin to degrade. Over time, this can lead to drastic changes in the facial profile, making a patient’s jawline look less defined or even sunken in.
Of course, not all tooth replacement methods accomplish this. Patients will need to choose dental implants for this benefit, as crowns, dentures, and bridges do not stimulate the jaw enough to preserve it.
Having missing teeth greatly limits what a person can eat. They will need to stick to soft foods that do not require a lot of chewing, which can often cause them to be nutritionally deficient.
By replacing missing teeth, patients will be able to eat whatever they want once more. Additionally, they may find it easier to speak, especially if their missing teeth were located in the front of the mouth.
Limits the Movement of Other Teeth
Once there is a gap in the mouth, it is natural for other teeth to shift slightly to try to fill in the empty space. This can be exacerbated even more as patients shift their bite patterns to compensate for the missing teeth. Over time, this further detracts from the appearance of the smile.
Adding in a replacement tooth stops this from happening. Teeth will stay secure in their original place because there are no empty gaps.
Helps With Oral Health
When a patient has a tooth that is completely exposed on one side because the adjacent tooth is missing, it makes it far more susceptible to dental decay. This entire side of the tooth will be exposed to more bacteria, which can possibly lead to infection.
New teeth restore the natural balance of the mouth, limiting the amount of the tooth’s surface that is directly exposed to bacteria.
Improves Self-Esteem and Confidence
Perhaps the most important benefit of replacing missing teeth is an aesthetic improvement. With dental implants, patients can strive to achieve that picture-perfect grin they have always wanted.
Learn More About Replacing Missing Teeth
Obviously, there are numerous ways to replace missing teeth, and our surgeons can help you find the option that is right for you at your initial consultation. Dental implants, crowns, bridges, and dentures are the main choices, but they each have their pros and cons. Dr. Price and Dr. Lillian will go over each procedure so you can decide the best way to improve your smile.
To get started, call our Salt Lake and Utah County area office today at (801) 446-4428.