Many people do not put a lot of importance on just one or two missing teeth here or there. They think because it is just one, it doesn't matter. Unfortunately, that isn't accurate. Missing teeth not only have the potential to hurt your oral health, they can also cause problems with your overall health.
Even just one missing tooth can put you at risk for having a lower immune system and can increase your chances of getting sicker. If you have a missing tooth, find out what options you have of restoring it.
Options to Restore Missing Teeth
When one tooth goes missing, it causes your body to begin to reabsorb the bone that surrounded the original tooth. Your body believes that it no longer needs that bone, and begins to remove it. This can cause your teeth to shift, increased chances of gum disease, crooked teeth, and even a misaligned jaw.
All of these can harm your health, so it is important you get that missing tooth repaired as quickly as you can.
The top option in terms of longevity and health is getting a dental implant. You need to get something in there that is going to keep the surrounding teeth in place, plus let the body know that you still need that tooth.
A dental implant is the perfect solution for both of those issues. You can also get a partial denture or a bridge, which at least allows your current teeth to remain in place, even if it doesn't do much to help your jaw.
Don't neglect a missing tooth simply because it is missing. Find out from your dentist what can be done to restore it. That way, you don't find yourself facing any of the negative consequences that come with having a tooth missing for too long.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (415) 877-3128 today.