Almost everyone who loses a front tooth jumps to replace it. This makes sense because a missing front tooth can oftentimes draw attention, which makes individuals self-conscious. But most people will wait to replace a missing back tooth. Waiting to replace a missing tooth can have detrimental long-term effects.
As reported by the American College of Prosthodontics, it is estimated that 187 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to implants and not choosing one is the worst option!
Reasons to Replace Your Missing Teeth
Your Teeth May Shift and Loosen
Having each tooth in your mouth form a row will keep your teeth lined up and stable. Your teeth rely on each other for support, so if you’re missing a tooth, you run the risk of shifting your existing teeth. When teeth drift out of their proper placement, it leads to a change in your bite, and possible gum disease and tooth decay.
You Can Develop TMJ Disorder
The muscles that are on the side of your head, called temporomandibular joints, help you chew and rotate your jaw. When you have missing teeth it can result in changes to these muscles. If these muscles changes, they can result in a lot of physical pain.
Your Teeth Can Weaken
Your teeth can weaken when a tooth is missing, and the remaining teeth will have to take on more pressure in order to make up for the missing tooth. Eventually, the pressure will become too much, and the teeth surrounding the gap will become weak and break easily.
Your Face May Change
As stated by the ADA, the loss of a back tooth can cause your mouth to shift. When this happens it can make visible changes to your face. All aspects of your face are interconnected, so the loss of a tooth can cause your bone to deteriorate and muscles to droop over time.
Experience a Confidence Boost
Those who replace a missing tooth often experience a confidence boost. You can now smile, chew, and talk confidently with your new teeth!
Appointments Are One Call Away
If you are currently missing a tooth and are interested in getting a replacement, Stetson Hills Dental is currently accepting new patients!
In our office, we can handle bridges, crowns, veneers, dentures, and more. If you are interested in dental implants we may also refer you to Colorado Oral Surgery Group. Contact us today to learn more about your options.