When a front tooth is lost, we rarely hear our patient’s debate whether or not to have a restorative procedure such as a dental implant, to maintain their smile. But what’s wrong with ignoring a space when a back tooth is lost, due to accident or decay? The prudent action is to replace any missing tooth, whether with an implant, a partial denture, or another solution your dentist can recommend. A missing tooth affects not only the beauty of your smile – it can affect your overall health!
Bite Function May Change
When there is a gap, nearby teeth can slowly move out of alignment and into the open space. The correct occlusion (how the teeth of the upper and lower jaw meet) can be thrown off when a tooth goes missing. Malocclusion can lead to headaches, cracked teeth and other problems.
Chewing Can Become Difficult
Side and back teeth perform the the functions of grinding and chewing food, necessary for proper digestion. When chewing is difficult, then eating nutritious meals becomes awkward, sometimes painful and no longer a pleasant part of the day.
Your Jawbone Will Miss The Tooth
Bones are living tissue, and when a jawbone no longer receives stimulation (as from the roots of teeth) less nutrients are sent to that jawbone in that area. If you are a candidate for dental implants, the implant posts can stimulate the jawbone, and support the replacement tooth at the same time.
Your Dentist Can Help With A Missing Tooth
Don’t let a missing tooth detract from the health and beauty of your smile. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.