The Importance of Replacing Your Missing Teeth
There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth. You might suffer gum disease or tooth decay that leads to the loss of a tooth (or many teeth), or you might suffer an injury that severely damages or knocks out one or more teeth.
Fortunately, thanks to modern dental care, you have a lot of options for replacing or repairing your teeth, including dentures, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Among those options, dental implants are the best because they look and function just like your normal teeth, and they offer you a permanent solution.
Not sure if you should even bother with replacing your missing teeth? Here are a few reasons why you should consider replacement:
Protect Your Dental Health
Your teeth don’t just help you to bite and chew things. They are also arranged in such a way as to protect each other. The teeth ensure that there are no big gaps where food and bacteria can hang out and contribute to gum disease or tooth decay. They also protect your gums from abrasions from chewing.
If you don’t replace missing teeth, you are putting your gums and your surrounding teeth in jeopardy. It will be harder to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Make It Easier to Chew
Can you remember the last time you had a tooth missing? Maybe it was when you lost a tooth to injury. Or maybe it was all the way back to when you were a child and lost your baby teeth. How did it feel when you tried to eat something? Chances are good that it wasn’t that pleasant. Depending on where the missing tooth was located, you may have even had a hard time talking.
By replacing your missing tooth, you can make it easier to chew and talk. Dental implants are the best choice for this purpose since they function just like individual teeth. You don’t have to worry about dental implants moving or coming loose. They won’t rub and irritate the gums, and it won’t be awkward eating any of the foods you want to eat.
Protect the Look of Your Smile
Of course, your teeth also greatly influence your smile – and your self-esteem. A missing tooth can bring down the look of your smile, and it can make you feel self-conscious and even embarrassed. Gaps in your smile can cause you to stop smiling as much, and that can make you seem unfriendly or intimidating. You may actually experience problems connecting with people or have problems getting ahead at work. It’s a vicious and self-perpetuating cycle.
Replacing your missing tooth can restore the beauty of your smile and boost your self-confidence. Getting an implant will give you the most natural look. The implant looks just like a natural, individual tooth. In some cases, getting an implant can even improve the look of your smile if you are replacing teeth that were misshapen or out of balance with the rest of your smile.
Whatever reason you are missing a tooth, you need to replace it as quickly as you can to protect your overall dental health, as well as to restore the beauty of your smile and preserve your self-confidence. You have several options for replacing the tooth or teeth, but dental implants are the best choice if they will work for your condition. Implants look and feel just like natural teeth, they are easy to clean, and they provide a permanent solution for your missing teeth. You don’t have to worry about them becoming loose or irritating you. They will serve you just like your natural teeth.
Call Gilbert Vista Dental Care to learn about your options if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Rita A. Peck can place implant supported zirconia crowns, or other options. She also offers veneers or Lumineers if you have cracked or broken teeth – or if you just want to give your smile a makeover to get whiter teeth and a more balanced smile. Call our office today to learn about dental implants or other corrective or cosmetic dental procedures, including clear braces and teeth whitening. Schedule your consultation and start your journey to the smile you want.