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Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?

Missing teeth are fairly common in middle age and older adults. This can occur from a wide array of issues, including severe and untreated gum disease, injury or a break in the tooth, or even severe tooth decay. It's actually very common for people to forego tooth replacement, but having a tooth replaced can make a big difference. Here are some of the biggest reasons you should have a tooth replaced: 

  • Bite issues: Having a missing tooth can affect your bite, and can cause issues with how you are able to bite down on food. It can shift the pressure that it put on your other remaining teeth, and can actually cause them to shift and change alignment over time. Misaligned teeth are typically much more difficult to keep clean, which can result in more issues down the road. 
  • Gum disease: When your teeth shift, gum disease can more easily develop. It often allows plaque to develop on your teeth more easily, which can lead to higher dental care costs, and the potential to lose more teeth. 
  • Speech issues: As your teeth shift after tooth loss, speech issues are another concern. You've been spending your whole life with your teeth in a similar position, and a big change like a missing tooth can greatly affect the way that you speak. 
  • Aesthetics: Of course one of the most common concerns about missing teeth is that your smile can be affected aesthetically. Having a smile that you feel comfortable with is important, and it makes a big difference in your confidence. So if you have a missing tooth, you might not feel like you like the way your smile looks anymore. 

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When you need to have a tooth extracted, or if you have a missing tooth, there are a lot of options available for replacement. Avoiding some of these common issues can make a big difference in your quality of life! If you have any questions, or if you'd like to schedule a consultation for tooth replacement with our dentist, give our office a call today for more information. 

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