Yes, You Should Replace That Missing Tooth
Have you recently experienced tooth loss and are struggling to decide if you should replace the missing tooth? No matter if the tooth is lost due to decay, injury, trauma, or a medical condition, it can be tough to decide if it should be replaced. We are here to tell you that you should always replace a missing tooth. The only exceptions are wisdom teeth and teeth that are removed for orthodontic purposes. Read on to learn about the importance of replacing your missing tooth.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Dealing with tooth loss can be extremely challenging for a patient. It can lead to feelings of sadness, uncertainty, and confusion for many patients. We are here to help patients work through their feelings and the process of replacing their tooth or teeth. Patients who are missing front teeth are often eager to choose a replacement as soon as possible. When teeth are missing in the back of the mouth, patients are not always as eager. No matter the location of the tooth, it is important to replace it as soon as possible. Although each tooth is an individual unit in your mouth, they all work together. It is similar to the concept of a sports team. When one player is injured and removed from the field, that player is replaced. If they weren’t, the other players would need to work harder and would be more prone to injury. A missing tooth causes the surrounding teeth to work harder and can lead to uneven wear of the teeth. Uneven wear will eventually cause damage such as worn enamel or cracking of the surface of the tooth.
Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
There are many reasons to replace missing teeth, but the most important are:
- To avoid surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
- To eliminate the possibility of the jawbone deteriorating
- To ensure that we are properly chewing our food
- To eliminate the possibility of developing a lisp or speech impediment
If you are located in Wilmington, Pike Creek, or Newark, DE and are in need of a tooth replacement, we are happy to discuss the variety of tooth replacement options we offer. We will discuss your lifestyle and budget and find a solution that will leave you beautiful and lasting results. Call our office located in Wilmington, DE to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!