No matter the cause of someone’s missing teeth, dentists always recommend
that patients replace them with restorations like bridges, dentures, or dental
implants. If you’re missing one or more teeth, then read on to learn why
replacing them is so important.
Restoring Your Smile’s Appearance
When you have missing teeth, one obvious issue is the visible gap that
is left between your teeth. If your missing tooth was in a visible location
and leaves you with a gap in your smile, then you may feel self-conscious
about smiling, laughing, or even speaking with others. Furthermore, the
gap can allow nearby teeth to drift out of their positions, causing them
to become widely spaced and crooked. To restore your confidence along
with the look of your smile, speak with your dentist about replacing your
Protecting Your Dental Health
Tooth drifting occurs because teeth are designed to fit together in your
jaw. When a tooth is lost, those next to and above or below it can slip
out of their proper positions. Besides further impacting your smile’s
appearance, drifting also makes it harder for you to keep your teeth clean.
In turn, this can lead to problems like cavities or even additional tooth loss.
Maintaining Your Gum Health
Your gums play a critical role in the overall health of your mouth. When
you have a missing tooth, this puts you at greater risk for gum disease
because the gap in your smile, as well as any tooth drifting that occurs,
can make it harder to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth. Plaque
buildup can cause periodontal disease and all the problems associated
with the condition, such as receding gums, bone loss, infection, and tooth
loss. For these reasons, it’s important to speak with your dentist
about restorations for your missing teeth.
Dr. Charles Marks offers dentures, bridges, and dental implants to replace
missing teeth and restore your smile. If you’d like to
learn more about our restorative dentistry options or schedule a visit at our dentist office in New York, please call (212) 279-1232.