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Why Should I Replace a Missing Tooth?

A missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic concern. Even a single missing tooth affects more than just your smile. Lacking one or more teeth impacts your self-esteem and confidence, the shape of your facial profile, and even the foods that you eat.


When considering whether or not to replace a missing tooth, it is important to understand the overall impact to your physical and emotional health. In general, the teeth depend on one another for support. When even one tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth have a tendency to drift forward, and the opposing teeth tend to grow outward. When the back teeth are missing, the chewing pattern is disrupted, placing undue stress on the jaw joint and excessive force on the front teeth. Shifting, crowding, and mobility are common occurrences soon after a tooth becomes absent. The teeth are also important components to the shape of your face. They provide fullness and support to your lips and cheeks. When teeth are missing, bone loss can soon occur, leading to drooping, sagging jaws and sunken facial features. Eating a variety of nutritious foods can be challenging when your chewing efficiency is compromised.

It’s no secret that many systemic health problems are caused by poor diets. The ability to eat and drink with comfort and confidence has an enormous impact on your diet. More important than simply replacing the missing teeth, choosing the most appropriate alternative can dramatically improve your quality of life. Dental implants, placed by an experienced implant dentist are the most preferred and most successful tooth replacement option available today. By replacing the tooth root as well as the lost chewing surface, the implant stops bone loss and increases chewing stability. Dental implants are also conservative, largely due to the fact that the neighboring teeth do not have to be altered in order for the implant to be successful. The implants are securely fused to the bone for stability, and can be designed to blend perfectly with your natural teeth. Of course, replacing a missing tooth is beneficial on many levels. To discover how implants can improve your self-confidence, comfort and your physical health, contact our implant dentist in San Diego today.

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