The Chapel Hill Dental Implants Dentist Shares 3 Reasons You Need to Replace Missing Teeth

by Dr. Diane Hourigan | Date Published: 2019-05-14

If you lose a tooth that shows when you smile, you wouldn’t hesitate to look for a solution. It’s all about aesthetics and maybe even the funny whistling sound you make when you speak, so there’s no choice.

But if you lose a molar that’s far back in your mouth, you might be tempted to let it go. No one can see the gap, and you’ve got plenty of good teeth left to chew with, right?

3 Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth

The final decision to replace a missing tooth is up to you, of course. But in either case, your Chapel Hill dental implants dentist would tell you that replacing the tooth is essential to maintain your oral health.

If we don’t replace the missing tooth soon after it’s lost, several things will happen.

1. Jaw Bone Deterioration

When your tooth root is intact, it sends a message to surrounding bone and tissue to keep regenerating, which keeps your jaw bone healthy and strong.

As soon as you lose a tooth, however, the bone in the area starts to resorb or shrink and deteriorate. This weakens the jawbone, and as the bone breaks down, can even lead to further tooth loss.

2. Potential TMJ Problems

Each tooth has a job to do, and when you lose one, a couple of things start to happen. First, neighboring teeth can start to tilt into the space and cause misalignment. Your teeth may not fit together correctly when you bite down which can cause pain and put stress can lead to problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

3. Aged Appearance

Your jawbone and your teeth help fill out your face which gives you a naturally youthful appearance. Losing a tooth eliminates some of that support, and as the bone in your jaw starts to break down, your face starts to take on a sunken or aged appearance.

Talk to Us about Dental Implants

You have a choice of tooth replacements including dental implants, bridges, and full or partial dentures. While none of these are exactly like a natural tooth, dental implants in Chapel Hill are the next best thing. Dental implants act as a replacement tooth root and eliminate the risk for all the above problems.

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, please call us to arrange an appointment.