If you have one or more missing teeth, you may have considered seeking dental treatment to fill the voids in your mouth. What is holding you back from restoring your smile? There are several restorative dentistry options for missing teeth replacement, and they benefit your overall dental health. There are many reasons why you should replace missing teeth: Not only do replacements restore the beauty of your smile, but missing-teeth replacements also restore the function of your teeth and improve the well-being of your remaining natural teeth.
Increased Pressure on Teeth
You may not realize it, but by not replacing your missing tooth or teeth, you have unknowingly caused damage to your remaining natural teeth. How? There is increased pressure on your remaining teeth when one or more is missing. Think about biting down or chewing; your teeth endure wear and pressure, even when you mouth is relaxed. The pressure of your bite is evenly distributed amongst your teeth, but when one or more teeth are missing, there are less teeth to share the pressure and more pressure is placed on individual teeth. This causes an increase in wear and tear that can result in damage or weakened structure.
When you have missing teeth, the functionality of your smile suffers because there are less teeth to help with everyday activities such as chewing. When you replace your missing teeth, suddenly the most simple everyday acts, such as eating, improve.
Though cosmetic reasons are not always the most important reasons, it is a reality that a beautiful smile is important to many of us. A smile gives you confidence and reflects well to others. When you have holes and gaps in your grin, you may feel embarrassed or discouraged from smiling. Restorative dentistry can restore your smile — and your confidence.
Options for Missing Teeth Replacement
- Dental crowns
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants