Having a gap in your smile is devastating to self-confidence, but the repercussions of a missing tooth go far beyond just how you look when you smile. If you have a job where you speak regularly, talking with a missing tooth, especially a front one, can impact your speech. If you consider yourself a foodie and don’t want to feel limited in your dietary choices, replacing your tooth is essential.
There are also some health implications for missing teeth that happen behind the scenes. Bone loss and shifting teeth can impact your bite and cause additional tooth loss.
When you lose a tooth, the bone that supports it will diminish because it is no longer needed to support the tooth. When the bone shrinks away, it leads to a sunken appearance in the face and destabilizes the foundation of your smile.
The only tooth replacement option that preserves the bone is dental implants, which is why they are considered the gold standard for tooth replacement. Because dental implants replace the entire tooth, including the root, they stimulate bone and keep it from disappearing.
If you prefer a non-surgical option to replace teeth, dental bridges and partial dentures will keep remaining teeth in line.
If you have a missing tooth and want to know your alternatives, contact Swansboro Family Dentistry to book an evaluation.