The Significance of Replacing Missing Teeth

April 12, 2021

Those who lose a front tooth usually rush to replace it. This is probably because a missing front tooth can draw attention, which makes individuals feel self-conscious. On the opposite end, most people will wait to replace a missing back tooth. Waiting to replace a missing tooth, no matter the placement can have detrimental long-term effects.

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The American College of Prosthodontists explains that it is estimated that 187 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to implants and not choosing one is the worst option!

Reasons To Replace Your Missing Teeth

  1. Your teeth can weaken when a tooth is missing, and the remaining teeth will have to take on more pressure in order to make up for the missing teeth. After some time, the pressure will become too much, and the teeth surrounding the gap will become weak and easily break.
  2. Your teeth can shift and loosen. Each tooth in your mouth forms a row, and this keeps your teeth lined up and stable. Your teeth rely on each other for support, so if you’re missing a tooth, your teeth can shift and drift out of their proper placement. It can lead to a change in your bite, and possible gum disease, and tooth decay.
  3. You can develop TMJ disorder. The muscles located on the side of your head are called temporomandibular joints, and they help you chew and rotate your jaw. When you have missing teeth it can result in changes to these muscles. If these muscles change, they can result in a lot of physical pain.
  4. Your face can change. According to the ADA, the loss of a back tooth can cause your mouth to shift. When this happens it makes visible changes to your face. All aspects of your face are interconnected, so the loss of a tooth can cause your bone to deteriorate and muscles to droop over time.
  5. Experience a confidence boost. Those who replace a missing tooth experience a confidence boost. You can now confidently smile, chew, and talk your new teeth!

Appointments Are One Call Away

If you are missing a tooth are interested in learning more about replacements, East Harmony Dental is currently accepting new patients!

In our office, we can handle bridges, crownsveneersdentures, and more. If you are interested in dental implants we may also refer you to Colorado Oral Surgery Group. Contact us today to learn more about your options.