There may be times when you have to make a difficult decision to lose a tooth. You may have an abscessed tooth or a cracked tooth that cannot be saved. Or unfortunately, you have had to lose a tooth in an accident. This can lead to difficulties with eating, self-confidence, misalignment of your bite, and jaw pain. A dental implant is an option that is extremely effective when replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles. Our dentists have undertaken extensive training and invested in the latest technology to be able to offer dental implants to our patients.
Why do I need to replace a missing tooth?
Losing a tooth can be devastating. It can not only affect your appearance but also can lead to other dental problems that may eventually affect your health.
Losing a tooth can cause:
- Bone loss
- Shifting and drifting of the teeth
- Alteration in the bite as a result of shifting teeth
- Jaw joint problems
- Difficulty in chewing properly
- Additional stress on the remaining teeth
You may not be aware but when you lose a tooth, you also lose about 25% of the supporting jaw bone in the first year. This happens due to a lack of regular stimulation of chewing, biting, or speaking functions that the teeth normally carry.
Additionally, as the other teeth move or tilt, they cause an imbalance in your bite which causes more stress on the jaw joint. This often results in jaw joint pain. Thus, if a tooth can be replaced as soon as possible, it prevents the movement of adjacent teeth & provides the needed stimulation, and helps to keep not only the teeth but the jaw bone intact and healthy.