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Why Replacing Lost Teeth Is Important

added on: November 15, 2017

closeup of woman's full white smile thanks to replacing missing teeth

If you are missing a tooth, it’s imperative that you call us right away to get treatment. Here are a few reasons why.

Why Might You Lose a Tooth?

The most obvious reason is that you had an accident. Accidents happen, and sometimes your teeth suffer for it. Sports accidents, such as a hockey stick to the mouth, can lead to the loss of teeth and can also cause trauma in your gums and jaw bone. The sooner you are seen by a dentist, the sooner they can determine how severe the injury is and how deep the issues are.

Another cause of a lost tooth is that your tooth died. When you don’t regularly brush your teeth, plaque forms on your teeth and bacteria turns sugar and starch into acids. This acid wears away at tooth enamel, and over time it can even create holes in your teeth. If left untreated, your tooth could die.

You can also lose a tooth if your gums are inflamed. Without practicing regular good dental hygiene, bacteria can build up and inflame your gums. When this happens, your gums can recede, loosening your teeth and exposing the sensitive roots of your teeth. Again, if untreated, your tooth could fall out.

What Happens If You Don’t Replace a Lost Tooth?

Each tooth in your mouth has an important role to play, and when one (or more) is missing, it can throw off the entire dynamic of your mouth and severely influence your dental health and your happiness.

When you are missing a tooth, it can have a big effect on your self-esteem. It is, of course, unsightly when you are missing a tooth and everyone can see, and this can really affect your confidence. But when you lose teeth, it can also make your face look older. Without your full set of teeth your cheeks can become hollow and saggy.

Missing teeth can also disrupt the relationship between your teeth and jaw bone, causing the bone to shrink and your gums to pull back. Though the unsightliness of this is upsetting, that’s the least of your problems because it could also weaken the neighboring teeth until they too fall out.

What Are Your Replacement Options?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that replace your missing tooth. The implant is inserted into the jaw bone, providing a stable foundation for a crown, which is placed over the titanium to create a new tooth.

Bridges are another viable option if you’ve lost a tooth. Bridges restore gaps between missing teeth by using the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth to anchor a false tooth that replaces the lost one. Crowns are placed on top of the two neighboring teeth, providing support needed for the false tooth that is often made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

If you are missing a tooth, call us immediately to schedule an appointment. At Caring Smiles, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve a happy and healthy smile.