Are You Missing Something?
Dealing with tooth loss can be an emotional experience. A person may lose a tooth for any number of reasons, such as severe tooth decay, trauma to the mouth, or gum disease. It can also be challenging if the tooth loss was unexpected and sudden, as we all know an accident can happen at any time. Regardless of the reason for your tooth loss, we are here to help you every step of the way. No matter the location of your missing tooth, it is important to replace it as soon as you are able. Missing teeth can lead to serious complications with your oral health. Continue reading to learn more.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Although every tooth in your mouth is separate, they all work together as a complete unit. When one tooth is missing, it can affect all of the surrounding teeth. Think of your favorite sports team. If a player on the team becomes injured, they are replaced. If their position were to remain empty for the rest of the game, the other players would have to work harder to make up for the loss, dragging their performance down and even leading to injuries. Your teeth experience the same problems. When one tooth is missing, it can lead to serious problems such as:
- Uneven wear
- Shifting teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Speech impediment
- Jaw discomfort
- Bite issues
If one of the complications mentioned above occurs, it can seriously impact the future of your oral health. For example, shifting teeth can lead to problems with overcrowding. When teeth become overcrowded, it is easy for food and bacteria to become trapped between them. This leads to an increase in tooth decay and the need for additional treatments. Replacing missing teeth can help restore your oral health and eliminate serious potential problems.
To avoid the issues mentioned above, we suggest replacing your missing tooth or teeth as soon as possible. To learn more about the tooth replacement options we recommend, be sure to call our office located in Bowie, MD to schedule an appointment. We hope to see you soon!