Whether you’re missing a single tooth or have lost a number of teeth, the effects of ignoring tooth gaps and spaces are equally serious when it comes to your oral health. From maintaining the health of your other teeth to saving thousands of dollars in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, here are four important reasons why should consider replacing missing teeth.
Protect Your Smile
Safeguarding one of your best assets—your smile—is one of the most important reasons why you should replace a lost tooth. The space left by a missing a tooth leaves room for the surrounding teeth to shift. Shifting leads to the misalignment of your teeth. Misalignment can turn a once-perfectly-straight smile into a crooked, unsightly set of teeth. Visiting a dentist immediately after losing a tooth is the best way to prevent shifting.
Gum Disease and Tooth Decay Prevention
Gaps and spaces created by missing teeth make it harder to reach plaque and bacteria build-ups. When it comes missing teeth, even the best brushing and flossing routine is no match for tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Keep the Might in Your Bite
The shifting and misalignment of your teeth, as the result of gaps and spaces, can lead to biting problems. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ) occurs when the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly (bite), resulting in the straining and ultimate damaging of the jaw joint. Dental implants are the most effective way to prevent TMJ.
One of the most important benefits of replacing missing teeth is the protection of your jawbone and overall facial structure. Implants work to maintain the root of your tooth. This root ensures the stimulation of your jawbone and prevents deterioration. The longer the tooth root goes unreplaced, the greater the chances of bone decay and the subsequent alteration of your facial shape. Although not impossible, fixing the effects of jawbone deterioration and restoring the appearance of your face is an extremely expensive process. Visiting a dentist is the best way to ensure the long-lasting benefits of tooth and tooth root replacement.
If you are missing teeth or have lost multiple teeth, do not hesitate to locate a dentist in your area. Immediate, educated action is necessary when it comes to preventing the effects of tooth loss. Contact us if you need Salt Lake, UT dentures and to schedule an appointment with a dentist to take a look and figure out a plan for replacing missing teeth, or for any other dental needs.