If you have teeth missing, you are probably self-conscious. A smile is one of the first things people notice. In our society–perhaps unfairly–a healthy smile is associated with beauty, youth and success.
In addition to personal attractiveness, missing teeth negatively impact health and quality of life.
Let’s talk about it.
The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth
When a gap is left by an extracted tooth, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift. This may cause the other teeth to become crooked. And new gaps may appear. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, and TMJ pain.
Difficulty Biting and Chewing
Missing teeth can affect the way you bite a chew. Teeth work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When you eat and have an extracted tooth or teeth, more stress is placed on the surrounding teeth. You may not be able to chew properly which can affect your digestion. You may also avoid some of your favorite foods because they are difficult to chew.
Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can bump the way you speak. It may become difficult to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech dilemmas may cause you to forego social situations.
What is the best solution for missing teeth?
A dental implant from Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. Patients throughout Boulder, Louisville, and Broomfield enjoy these state-of-the-art restorations. Call our office today!