5 reasons to replace missing teeth
More than just aesthetics are at stake when deciding to fill the gaps in your teeth.
Your teeth are tools for eating but they also play a crucial role in shaping your face, stimulating bone growth in the lower third of your head and defining how you present yourself to the outside world.
1. Protect against bone loss
Healthy teeth tap against each other as you bite down hundreds of times a day. This mild friction is transferred to the alveolar bone which surrounds our teeth. The movement stimulates bone growth and keeps your bones healthy and dense.
When a period of time elapses without this stimulation, the bone becomes less dense. Within the first year of tooth loss you may experience a 25% loss in alveolar bone width. Over an extended period, this bone loss can continue to the gum tissue and finally the jaw bone.
Why does this matter? Aside from the damage occurring to the integrity of the bone around the missing teeth, this increasing gap can change your appearance. Without the support of healthy bone and tissue your cheeks can sag.
2. Avoid pain when chewing
Chewing on food, especially hard food, can cause pain if you have an empty tooth socket.
3. Protect teeth from shifting in your mouth
A newly opened gap in your jaw facilitates movement in the remaining oral structures. When a gap occurs, teeth may shift and may even tilt from the pressure associated with normal eating.
4. Missing teeth come with psychological consequences
To some it can seem superficial but being self-conscious about opening your mouth when you talk, eat or smile can have an effect on a person’s mental wellbeing. Over 60% of people in their 40s have lost at least one tooth to decay, accident or gum disease causing gaps in their smile
5. Smile with confidence
We live in a world of unprecedented contact. Whether you’re involved in a video chat or interacting face to face, imagine having to remind yourself to keep your mouth closed every time you smile or laugh?
Scheduling an appointment with a dentist to repair your smile means you won’t have to worry about your appearance.