If you’ve lost a tooth that isn’t visible when you smile, it might be tempting to forego receiving a replacement tooth. Even if you have a lost a tooth that isn’t very visible, you should still replace it with a prosthetic. One popular treatment option, dental implants, can help keep your smile looking and functioning its best.
Why You Should Replace a Lost Tooth
Tooth loss isn’t just a cosmetic issue. Missing a tooth can actually harm your oral health and your overall wellbeing.
One of the biggest side effects of tooth loss is the excessive strain placed on remaining teeth. Our teeth work together as a unit to chew and grind food. When just one tooth is missing, it can cause remaining teeth to endure excessive pressure and strain, which will result in untimely tooth wear.
Secondly, our teeth support one another. A missing tooth leaves behind an empty socket. Lacking support, teeth near an empty socket may drift out of place. This unwanted tooth movement will contribute to the degradation and potential loss of other teeth if a missing tooth isn’t replaced in a timely manner.
Another unwanted side effect of tooth loss is bone atrophy. The roots of teeth keep the jaw active. When a tooth goes missing, this inactivity will lead to bone loss. Over time, bone loss can affect the health of other teeth and change the aesthetic of the face.
How Dental Implants Work
When it comes to replacing a lost tooth, nothing compares to a dental implant. Dental implants are the only prosthetics that can replace the roots of teeth. Constructed from biocompatible metal, dental implants replace the missing roots of teeth and hold lifelike restorations such as dental bridges and crowns.
Receiving dental implants offers the following benefits:
- A complete, healthy-looking smile
- Restored oral function
- Low maintenance – easy to clean and care for
- Ideal for preventing bone loss in the jaw
If you’ve suffered with tooth loss, it’s important to act quickly. Call our team at Fresh Leaf Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation with our implant dentist.