Why is it crucial that I replace a missing tooth?
There are many reasons why a patient may be missing a tooth, including tooth infection or decay, accident or trauma, illness, and more. While living with a missing tooth can affect your appearance, what you can eat, and how you speak; there are other dental concerns to consider.
Missing Teeth Can Cause Oral Health Problems
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth tend to shift towards the gap, changing the shape of your smile. Additionally, without a tooth root to stimulate bone growth, the bone and tissue can weaken and begin to retreat. Over time, this may affect your speech, and even the shape and contours of your face, leading to facial sagging and ageing your look.
It’s essential for your wellbeing to make sure you are comfortable and happy with your smile. Additionally, patients in Melbourne, VIC, may avoid chewy, healthy foods because they find them challenging and painful to chew. Only eating soft or smooth foods may lead to malnutrition, lack of fibre, or vitamin deficiencies.
Another oral health concern with missing teeth is gum disease. If our patients have lost a tooth due to advanced gum disease, there may be general health issues that could link to disease. Your dentists at Dimos Dental & Facial Aesthetics can evaluate any health risks you may have and recommend dental procedures to maintain your oral well-being.
What Are Dental Implants?
If you are missing a tooth, dental implants may be the best option for you. Dental implants are thin titanium posts that act as a root substitute; your dentist places them into your jawbone where the missing tooth is and over time bond to your bone. Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option; they look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Care and maintenance are no different than regular teeth, and they can last up to 15 years. Best of all, because they stimulate your jawbone, you don’t have to worry about facial sagging, retreating bone and gum tissue, or tooth shifting.
Please call our dentist clinic if you are ready to learn more about a possible permanent tooth replacement.