In the old days, it was an accepted fact that as you got older, you started to lose teeth. Thankfully, this is no longer the case: with proper care and oral hygiene, it’s possible to keep your natural teeth healthy and intact throughout the course of your lifetime. Missing teeth are still a problem for many, however, and anything from dental decay to dental trauma from an accident can result in a missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be extracted. But if you do end up losing a tooth, is it really that important to replace it? As your OKC dentist, we at Sorgen Dentistry wanted to offer some insight on why it matters to replace missing teeth.
While some people could scarcely imagine a day without a perfect smile, for others, the prospect of a missing tooth or two doesn’t seem so bad. Sure, there’s a gap in your smile, but if you’re not concerned about the appearance of your smile, is that such a big problem?
Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding yes. While replacing teeth does improve the appearance of your smile, the real benefits come in preventing the health problems that missing teeth can cause. Here are just a few of the dental health problems that can come from missing teeth:
These are just a few of the problems that missing teeth can lead to – and the longer you wait to replace the tooth, the worse the problems get. This is why it’s critical to replace missing teeth with dental bridges, dental implants, or dentures. And if you’re looking to have a tooth replaced or to restore any current replacement teeth, your OKC dentist, Dr. Bryan Sorgen, can help.
At Sorgen Dentistry, we offer tooth replacement options including dental bridges and dentures. In addition to tooth replacement, we also dental implant restoration – so if you have dental implants that need a touch-up, we can provide a comprehensive restoration. Request a consultation online if you’d like to discuss replacing any missing teeth or restoring your dental implants. We look forward to hearing from you!