Benefits of Replacing a Missing Tooth
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth can be quite shocking, even to those with poor oral hygiene who know the risks of not taking care of their teeth – some patients often have the mentality that ‘it won’t happen to them’.
Whether a patient has lost one tooth suddenly or multiple teeth gradually over the course of a few years, patients now have more options than ever before to replace teeth with dental implants or speciality dentures.
Some patients decide to take no action when they lose a tooth, especially if the tooth was located towards the back of the mouth and isn’t visible when they smile. However, there are many benefits to replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant including:
Mouth Functionality is Improved
It only takes one missing tooth to negatively impact the functionality of your bite. A missing tooth can make chewing your food, talking and smiling difficult as your teeth do not fit together as they should. If you are experiencing bite problems after losing a tooth, dental implants are a great option. Dental implants blend into your existing teeth and help your bite return to normal.
Face Structure Restored
Several missing teeth can cause your face to look gaunt and sunken in at the cheeks, this is because your teeth place such an important part in defining your facial structure. Your new sunken appearance may damage your self-confidence and make you look older than you are. Dentures can help restructure your face and give you your youthful look back.
Support Surrounding Teeth
When you lose one or more teeth, the teeth surrounding them can start to suffer and shift as they are no longer being supported. Missing teeth also create the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and infection to develop as large pockets are left in your gums once the tooth is removed. A dental implant to replace the missing tooth can help prevent bacteria growing and diminish the chance of gum disease.
Improve Your Appearance
It only takes one missing tooth to make your smile look unattractive and make you self-conscious. Rather than suffering in silence and hiding your smile from the world, you should explore options such as same day implants which are quick and easy. Dental implants are especially made to be the exact shape and colour to match your existing teeth, you’ll be smiling proudly in no time!
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