If you have recently lost a tooth, your biggest concern may be cosmetics. What many people don’t realize is that losing even one tooth can have a tremendous impact on your dental health, and even take a toll on your quality of life. If you have lost a tooth, it is important to replace it as soon as possible, before the damage becomes permanent.
What Are the Effects of a Missing Tooth?
When you lose a tooth, your other teeth very quickly start to shift. The extra space lets them start to move, which can lead to an uncomfortable malocclusion and related bite problems. The shifting can cause previously healthy teeth to loosen and even fall out. Without the roots of the tooth to stimulate the jaw bone, the bone can start to recede, loosening teeth further. Tooth loss also puts you at increased risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and gum recession.
How Can Tooth Loss Lower Your Quality of Life?
If you lose a tooth, and especially if you lose multiple teeth, it can become harder and harder to eat normal foods and even to pronounce certain words. A forced diet change could have unexpected impacts on your overall health, and an inability to effectively communicate is certainly frustrating. It may sound frivolous, but a missing tooth is also a cosmetic concern for many people. Particularly if it is visible, it can lower self-esteem and damage mental health.
Treatment Options for Missing Teeth
Depending on factors such as the age of the loss, the condition of the teeth, what teeth are missing, and your budget. Drs. Karl and Walter Neuhaus will recommend a tooth replacement option or set of treatments to suit you. These options may include:
Schedule a Consultation
If you have a missing tooth or teeth and are looking for a replacement solution, considers Drs. Neuhaus at Creekside Dentistry in Amherst, NY. Our dentists have years of experience, and our range of treatment options has something for everyone. To schedule a consultation and discuss your dental health and needs, contact our office online or at (716) 262-8070.