A Missing Tooth Should Not Be Ignored

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A Missing Tooth Should Not Be Ignored

Tooth loss can occur for many reasons—injury, disease, and decay being the most common. 

If you have a missing tooth, it’s important that you discuss your options for filling that space with your dentist as soon as possible.

After a tooth falls out or is extracted, it’s normal to take some time to let the area heal. However, this does not mean that you should carry on as normal without replacing it. This healing period is often only the first step in a longer journey to restoring optimal oral health.

While it may seem like a hassle to fill in a missing tooth, failing to address it can cause a ripple effect of mouth issues, including:

  • Further tooth loss
  • Shifting of adjacent teeth
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking
  • An unbalanced bite
  • Loss of jawbone

How are missing teeth replaced?

The typical treatment for missing teeth is either dentures or dental implants.

Dentures have a lot of benefits. They are a simple and effective way to replace one or several missing teeth. Plus, they are usually an affordable option. The downside is that they can be uncomfortable to wear and inconvenient to clean.

Nowadays, many dentists prefer dental implants as their go-to treatment for replacing missing teeth. They have several advantages over what dentures can offer. They are permanent, natural-looking, don’t shift or move, and allow you to eat normally. They also don’t require any special care or cleaning aside from your regular hygiene routine.

If you have a missing tooth and are interested in replacing it with a dental implant, we can help you explore your options and decide on a treatment plan. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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