If you have one or more missing teeth, you should seriously look at your options regarding tooth replacement. This is true whether you have a single tooth that is gone or you need a whole mouthful. Depending on the location of the gaps between your existing teeth, those missing ones may be the first thing other people notice when you smile. Even if you are not concerned about your appearance, there are other good reasons to have any missing teeth replaced.
Whenever a gap is created in your mouth because of a missing tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap can begin to move. They can easily start to lean because of the lack of support. This can start a whole chain reaction and you could end up with most of your teeth misaligned. As far as the appearance goes, this could make the gap that is located where a tooth used to be the least of your problems. When you smile, you could be displaying a whole set of crooked teeth. It becomes even more of a tragedy if you have previously been fitted with braces to straighten your teeth.
Missing teeth will not only make you look different; in some cases, they can make you sound different. Your articulation can be impacted, and it can become harder for others to clearly understand what you are saying. Of course, missing teeth can also interfere with your ability to bite or chew properly. This can have an indirect impact on your overall health. You may even find yourself avoiding foods that are harder to chew, depriving yourself of the nutritional value of those foods.
Once you decide to have missing teeth replaced, you must choose the method by which you want to do it. If you want a method of tooth replacement that allows you to treat your replacement teeth just like your natural ones, you should ask our dental provider about dental implants. Once they are in place, you can basically forget about them. You will not need to do anything different when it comes to dental hygiene.
During a consultation at Implant Dentistry of Virginia, our dentist can explain the details to you more fully and help you to understand the importance of tooth replacement. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach.