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How Important Is It to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Submitted by San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry on March 14, 2018 - 9:00 am

Every tooth plays a critical role in the structure of your mouth and the health and integrity of the surrounding teeth. Missing one or more teeth can affect your appearance, oral health and daily life. Below, Dr. Samir Ayoub, a skilled San Francisco restorative dentist, explains why it is important to replace a missing tooth as quickly as possible.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

Jeopardizes oral health: Every tooth matters. Even when one falls out, the surrounding teeth can shift around into the mouth to fill the space, leaving more gaps and spaces and disrupting the way the upper and lower teeth fit together when biting down. Tilted or crooked teeth are more susceptible to tartar and plaque, and the chances of gum disease increase.

The jawbone underneath a missing tooth can start to deteriorate because it is no longer stimulated by the chewing forces. As the jawbone deteriorates, the neighboring teeth can become loose and fall out or need to be extracted.

Compromises chewing and speech: Depending on its location, a missing tooth can negatively affect your ability to chew confidently and enunciate clearly.

Changes appearance: One or more missing teeth leaves a visible gap that can detract from an otherwise attractive smile. Not only does the gap look like an eyesore, it can also affect the rest of the face’s appearance. When a tooth falls out and the underlying jawbone shrinks, the entire face can look wrinkly and prematurely aged. The cheeks can lose their youthful fullness and start to sag.

Should one or more of your teeth fall out, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible to discuss the possible replacement options.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

No matter how you decide to replace a missing tooth, you’re taking steps toward better oral health, function and appearance. But as you consider your options, take the time to learn about dental implants, which are designed as lifelong tooth replacements. They have titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jawbone to act as a solid foundation for the replacement tooth and keep the bone stimulated. Implants are strong, durable and low-maintenance. If cared for properly, they can last a lifetime.

Contact Dr. Ayoub at San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry

For more information about tooth loss or dental implants, please contact San Francisco Aesthetic Dentistry today by phone at (415) 781-2227 or by email.