It’s easy to believe we will only lose our teeth once – when our baby teeth leave us and new permanent teeth enter our mouths. But, our teeth don’t always stay for a lifetime. Life events like falling or getting hit in the mouth may result in a tooth getting knocked out. There is also the chance you may encounter dental problems, resulting in a tooth extraction. Other causes of tooth loss include poor oral hygiene (see my post on the importance of good oral health), poor habits, poor nutrition or even finances.
Losing an adult tooth impacts you greatly. People who lose teeth often keep their mouths shut and don’t smile. We already know how much this affects self-image and self-esteem. But, there are many other long-term ramifications of living day-to-day with a missing tooth.
How Your Missing Tooth Affects You
Beyond aesthetics, you may also experience the following symptoms and physical problems:
- Speech problems
- Diet changes and nutrition problems
- Crooked teeth
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Premature aging
- Anxiety and self-consciousness
The affects are overwhelming. This is why it is important to treat the problem as soon as possible.
Why You May Consider Dental Implants
You can closely imitate the natural look of your smile’s shape and color with dental implants. If you have a cracked or missing tooth, you can replace it with a permanent tooth, which helps to minimize gaps and avoid long-term dentures. If you are struggling with this issue, please see me. I’ll first provide a 3D x-ray so we can look deeply at the tooth, determine its condition, examine the bones and gum lines, and then discuss potential dental teeth implants.
If dental implants aren’t right for you – and we’ll determine that together after looking at your dental history as well – other options we may need to consider include dental bridges or root canals. It largely depends on your case. And, in some instances, we opt for porcelain veneers. Veneers are normally used to cover up chipped, worn, crooked, stained or discolored teeth or to correct worn enamel.
The most important thing is that your dental situation be evaluated by a caring dentist who will help you make the right decision based on your long-term dental plans. Please contact me to set up a time for us to chat.