If you have lost a tooth, you may be interested in knowing what your options are for replacing it. At our Sarasota dental office, we recommend replacing it with dental implants as soon as you can to prevent costly future dental problems.
Why Should I Restore Missing Teeth?
Every tooth serves a function, and when you lose a tooth, you affect your biting capacity. All your teeth play an essential role in tearing apart and chewing food, a gap in your smile can hinder how you eat food, and it can impact what kind of foods you can eat. On top of making chewing more complicated, a missing tooth also means that your remaining teeth have to work extra hard to process food and make up for their missing neighbor.
When there is a gap in your smile, adjacent teeth will start to shift into the space over time, which changes the alignment of your smile and can lead to tooth decay, tooth fracturing, gum disease, and infections. This kind of trauma often leads to further tooth loss, which creates a cycle that continues over time to cause major dental problems. Because your teeth are elemental in your facial structure, even one missing tooth can change the shape of your face. Additionally, without a tooth root to stimulate bone growth, the jaw bone will start to recede, leading to facial sagging and aged appearance.
Finally, the most obvious reason to restore a missing tooth is your appearance. If your missing tooth is in the visible portion of your smile, it will be highly noticeable and possibly the first thing people notice when they talk to you. When you meet someone, first impressions can go a long way in establishing a connection, trust, and professional growth. Unfortunately, missing teeth are associated with unfair judgments, and can create a lasting and unfavorable impression.
Call to Schedule a Dental Implant Appointment in Sarasota
Are you interested in determining if dental implants are a good option for you? Contact Dr. Simpkins today to go over your options and any tooth replacement alternatives. It's essential to fill in the space left by a lost tooth as soon as you can to prevent oral health issues.
We look forward to helping you!