The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
Unfortunately, there are times when a tooth needs to be extracted, leaving an unsightly gap in the front or back of your mouth. A tooth extraction is when a tooth is removed or pulled out. Common reasons for tooth extraction include crowded teeth, severe infection, or trauma to the tooth and gums following an accident. While a tooth extraction is a last resort, it can be unavoidable at times. Cosmetically, it can be embarrassing going about your daily life missing a tooth, especially if it is near the front of your mouth. Structurally, it can lead to further dental complications in regards to your oral health. No matter the location, it is equally important to visit our office to discuss replacement options.
We understand that losing a tooth can be devastating and requires some recovery time; however, it is in your best interest to replace the tooth as soon as recommended. Here are some reasons replacing your tooth is vital to your oral health:
- Teeth May Shift – When a tooth is missing from your mouth, it leaves plenty of space for the remaining teeth to shift out of place creating gaps and further complications.
- Face Could Change – The loss of a tooth, particularly in the back of your mouth can cause the jawbone to deteriorate, which can, in turn, cause the face muscles to droop over time, resulting in an aged appearance.
- TMJ Issues – Changes in the jaw muscles can result in discomfort in the temporomandibular joint, or the muscles on the side of your head that help you chew and open and close your mouth.
- Mental Health – Dealing with the discomfort and self-esteem issues that a missing tooth could bring can greatly affect your mental health over time, leading to anxieties and depression related to the appearance of your mouth.
We offer a variety of tooth replacement options and look forward to discussing with you the best option for your needs. It is important to act quickly and not delay.
If you feel that you may need a tooth extracted or have recently healed from an extraction and are prepared to discuss replacement options, please contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ today. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence again!