It’s always my goal to preserve your teeth, but sometimes tooth loss is unavoidable. When an extraction is necessary, it’s imperative that you and I discuss tooth replacement. Replacing a tooth or teeth has nothing to do with vanity. In fact, even teeth that are less noticeable — such as molars — need to be replaced in order to preserve the integrity of your teeth and facial structure. Worried?
Every Tooth Serves a Purpose
From your two front teeth to your molars, every tooth has a function. When even a single tooth is missing, your other teeth begin to shift, leading to such problems as:
- Misaligned teeth that are difficult to clean and, therefore, more prone to decay and disease (and potentially, the loss of additional teeth)
- Bone loss in your jaw
- Jaw pain or temporomandibular joint disease
- Difficulty speaking
- Difficulty chewing your favorite foods
- A face that seems to be sunken in, adding years to your appearance
The Good News
I can help! There are many options available to restore the structure and aesthetics of your smile. One solution that I highly recommend is dental implants. Not only do implants prevent your teeth from shifting and causing all sorts of problems, they are permanent and can be cared for just like natural teeth. They also look natural, so no one will ever know that you’ve been fitted for a prosthetic.
If we’ve already discussed the possibility of tooth loss, then we also need to have a conversation about tooth replacement. When it comes to your teeth, it’s far better to be proactive than reactive. Contact my office today to schedule an appointment. I look forward to helping you have the smile you deserve.