Losing a tooth is not that uncommon. When you do lose a molar or any other tooth, it makes sense to replace it with an implant, bridge, or some other type of dental device. Ignoring a missing tooth should not be an option. Here are some of the issues that can ensue if you decide to leave the socket empty.
The Impact on Your Bite
The process of ignoring a missing tooth means that your bite is less effective than it was before. Whether it’s biting into an apple or chewing with your back teeth, the remaining teeth absorb more of the stress. Over time, that increases the wear on the remaining teeth. There’s also some chance of developing alignment issues and experiencing problems like headaches, TMJ, and indigestion from not chewing food thoroughly.
That Sunken Cheek
Another risk associated with ignoring a missing tooth is some shifting of the jaw contours. The empty socket may begin to sink in, which in turn could alter the shape of the jawline and the cheek. This can actually make you look a little older as well as throw off the proportions of the face. A better choice is to talk with a dental professional about an implant that would prevent the shrinkage and shifting.
Problems Pronouncing Certain Words
Do you know that your teeth have a lot to do with how precisely you can pronounce certain words? Depending on which tooth you’ve lost, the difficulty with certain words may be significant. Instead of ignoring a missing tooth and having to avoid using part of your vocabulary, why not replace it and continue to use any words that you like?
Greater Potential for Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
That empty socket is prime real estate for bacteria. Over time, ignoring a missing tooth increases the chances for the bacteria to cause decay for the teeth on each side of the gap. There’s also an increased potential for the bacteria to trigger some type of gum infection or disease in and around the socket.
If you decide to go with a suitable replacement for the lost tooth, you are helping to keep your gums and the remaining teeth healthy. There’s also the fact that gum infections can begin to affect other parts of the body. In addition to protecting your dental health, replacing the lost tooth could also mean avoiding other types of health issues down the road.
You Smile a Lot Less
The bottom line is that ignoring a missing tooth means you are less likely to smile. When you do, it’s usually with your mouth closed. Instead of feeling self-conscious about the way your smile looks, why not find the right replacement for the missing tooth? Once it’s in place, you can smile as much as you like.
Contact Us for More Information
Rather than ignoring a missing tooth, let’s talk about replacement options. Modern dentistry includes treatments that are quick, safe, and will hold up well for a number of years. Once the work is done, you’ll love the way your teeth look and also get to avoid all sorts of potential problems. For more information about addressing a missing tooth, we encourage you to make an appointment with Implant Dentistry of Virginia. At our convenient location in Virginia Beach, VA, we will be happy to answer any questions. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!