How Important is Replacing Missing Teeth?

There are many reasons why someone might lose a tooth as an adult. Sometimes tooth loss can occur because of poor hygiene, but sometimes it is an unavoidable side effect of various health problems. Whatever the reason, replacing missing teeth is important. It’s not just cosmetic; tooth loss can cause a snowball effect of dental health problems that, once they are started, can be hard to reverse.

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The Health Benefits of Tooth Replacement

A missing tooth leaves an empty space in the mouth. If you lose even one tooth, your remaining teeth can begin to shift to fill that empty space. The shifting will create a new, generally more uncomfortable bite that can lead to issues such as tooth cracking, TMJ, and damage to teeth. The shifting can also loosen your remaining teeth, which may begin to fall out. Without the stimulation of the roots of the teeth, bone loss in the jaw is a real concern that can exacerbate these problems. Missing teeth also put you at higher risk for dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, and gum recession. The goal of tooth replacement is to ameliorate these problems and keep your mouth healthy.

Missing Teeth and Quality of Life

It’s no secret that missing teeth are generally considered unsightly. Many people feel very self-conscious of their missing teeth, and feeling that way can have a real impact on your self-confidence and mental health. Tooth loss can also make it hard to speak properly and to eat certain foods. These problems can contribute to low self confidence, and also make it harder to operate in the wider world. A well-done tooth replacement should look and act like a natural tooth to help you feel your best.

Schedule a Consultation

Is the time right for you to replace your missing teeth? Schedule a consultation at Cosmetic and Advanced Dentistry in Owings Mills, Maryland to discuss treatment options, including:

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 697-6290. Our staff aims to provide patients with comprehensive and comfortable care.