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Why are teeth so important?

The jaw, or ‘mandible,’ along with your teeth all play an important role in helping us eat, speak and maintain our self-confidence. Even though a tooth can be replaced, it’s responsibility within the jaw is one-of-a-kind. If it so happens that one of your teeth goes rogue, the surrounding teeth will start to drift into the empty space. If you don’t replace the missing tooth immediately, the bone that supports your teeth will begin to lose its volume, endangering healthy teeth and changing your looks.

Why are teeth extracted?

The most common reason for extraction is to remove teeth which can not be restored, due to tooth decay, periodontal disease or dental trauma. Tooth extractions are usually pretty straightforward, and the vast majority can be performed quickly while the individual is awake by using local anesthetic injections to eliminate pain. If you are considering an extraction, then you can use the following checklist to determine if removal is the right choice for you:

A Tooth Needs To Be Extracted If:

  • The damaged or decayed tooth cannot be repaired.
  • There is an infection, which may lead to the risk of disease or tooth decay.
  • A healthy tooth needs to be removed to prepare for orthodontic care.
Missing Teeth Dental Disease

What Happens If You Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth?

Not only does a missing tooth leave behind an empty space in your jaw, it also affects the healthy teeth around it. If you don’t replace it promptly, its absence may lead to bone loss and compromise your ability to chew and speak. Additional dental and health issues may also occur:

Gum disease

As your teeth lost contact with their neighbor, small spaces and pockets become receptacles for plaque and food to gather. Plaque build-up can lead to cavities, gum and bone damage and gum disease.

Bone loss

The jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing.  The boneless occurs in the bone surrounding the empty space because there is no longer a need for bone and it resorbs.

Chewing issues

Losing a tooth usually means you start compensating for this loss by overusing other healthy teeth. Using smaller teeth to do a job meant for larger teeth, creating discomfort, and nutritional deficiencies arise.

Speaking issues

Your teeth and tongue work together to articulate sounds. Sounds are formed by a combination of pressing the tongue the roof or your mouth and against your teeth. A gap will alter your speech.

Quality of life

The joy of laughing, smiling, and communicating with each other are all aspects of a happy life. A missing tooth will lead to jawbone loss, often followed by noticeable changes on your face.

List of health issues

Missing teeth that have not been replaced promptly can lead to health problems such as poor nutrition, obesity, diabetes, coronary artery disease, and even some types of cancer.

Dental Implant Replace Pulled Tooth

4 Ways To Replace A Missing Tooth

Losing a permanent tooth in your adulthood can be traumatic, but it can be even more so if you don’t act fast and find a suitable replacement method. Specialists now rely on a couple of techniques for replacing missing teeth. To choose the best one, ask you

Removable partial denture

Typically recommended to dental patients who are missing their front teeth, a removable partial denture serves as a replacement only during the day and can cause discomfort while talking and eating. Your dentist will explain that you need to remove it at night and soak it in a cleaning solution.

Temporary denture

In case your dentist recommends you a bridge or dental implants, but you cannot undergo a procedure for some reason until later on in the future, a temporary denture can provide you a robust enough short-term solution. Because of that, temporary dentures are sometimes called “flippers.”

Bridge

Unlike a removable partial denture or temporary denture, a bridge remains permanently cemented in your jaw. This is the best solution for when there are healthy teeth on both sides of an empty area. However, installing a bridge often requires an invasive procedure in which healthy teeth may get cut.

Dental implant

A dental implant feels and looks like the most natural substitution for a missing tooth. This method includes the replacement of an actual root, during which no other teeth can be unintentionally hurt. The procedure is complete after a couple of months of healing, once the crown is finally cemented.

Each and every one of your teeth is equally important. If it so happens that you lose one or a few of them, don’t get discouraged, simply act quickly. There are a couple of good ways to replace a missing tooth, so talk to your dentist. Otherwise, a single missing tooth may end up costing you a few healthy ones.

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