Should I Replace My Missing Teeth?

Teeth have an important role in our lives not only impacting our oral health and confidence, but also the way we do simple things like eating or speaking. But if you are missing one or more teeth, your ability to do simple, everyday things will suffer. Missing teeth can also lead to various health problems too, such as digestive issues, for instance. 

If you are missing one or more teeth and were on the fence about finding a solution, such as implants, this article will explain why you shouldn't wait any longer and take action as soon as possible. 

Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

  • Missing Teeth Can Impact Your Overall Health

Not being able to eat certain foods or to bite and chew properly will have consequences on your body. That's because you can miss important nutrients that can affect how your body functions. Missing teeth can also affect your digestive system since you cannot chew food properly anymore. 

As the body functions are interconnected, if the problem is not fixed it can also lead to more complications.

  • Deterioration of the Jawbone

The bone surrounding your teeth is stimulated by the tooth itself each time you bite or chew. If you have one or more missing teeth, the bone loses density and volume as it doesn't receive any more stimulation. This will also affect the facial bone structure and alter it.

  • It Impacts Self-Esteem

People with dental issues such as missing teeth often limit their social interactions because of this problem. They are self-conscious about smiling or talking and avoid human connections, which can lead to a more isolated life. 

Solutions for Fixing Missing Teeth

Fortunately, modern dentistry provides us with different ways to replace a missing tooth. We have options like dentures, dental implants, bridges, and more. 

  • Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth that only cover the exterior part of a tooth. They can last up to 10 years.
  • Dental implants are a more complete option to replace missing teeth. They also help restore the structure of the jawbone by having a metal post implanted in the bone. It is a fixed and permanent solution that helps you get the complete functionality of your mouth back. 
  • Bridges cover a gap between teeth by fixing the artificial tooth with the help of two existing, supporting teeth. It can last up to 10 years.

Do You Have Missing Teeth? We Can Help! 

Talk to your dentist if you are missing one or more teeth and look for the best solution for you that can help restore your smile, confidence, and overall health.

At Lady Bird Dental, you can count on Dr. Dundeen to give you a healthy and shiny smile. 

Our focus is on educating patients so that they achieve their optimum oral health 

Contact us today by accessing the link here. Book an appointment and get your diagnosis and the best treatment plan for your needs.

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