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    • 21 MAR 18
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    The Importance of Replacing your Missing Tooth

    The Importance of Replacing your Missing Tooth

    As people age, tooth loss becomes more common. However, people can also lose teeth at a young age which can be due to multiple reasons: tooth decay, gum disease, trauma to your teeth through injury, excessive wear and tear, or root canal failure. Leaving your gum exposed can cause more problems that you might think. You may only be thinking how it affects your smile and the way you look, but it affects much more than your smile.

    It is highly important to get the missing tooth replaced and here’s why…

    Self Confidence
    The most obvious effect of a missing tooth is losing a perfect smile. This can actually have a very serious effect on people’s self-confidence whether that is a work or their social lives. Having a tooth replacement doesn’t just help with health but with your physical appearance.

    Health Effects
    Having a tooth loss disturbs the natural balance between tooth and bone, the jaw will start to shrink as soon as your tooth is lost and gums recede. This, unfortunately, will start a cycle, your neighbouring teeth will weaken and yes, will cause more tooth loss. Due to the fact, there is space; the neighbouring teeth will naturally move towards that area making your teeth crooked and causing more orthodontic problems. With your jaw bone becoming weak your face may start to look different and you cheeks might look saggy.

    Eating
    Teeth are used to bite, tear, chew and grind food. If you lose a tooth it immediately affects your ability to eat properly, you might find yourself eating on one side of your mouth to make it easier. In the case of multiple teeth loses opting for softer foods is probably a good option…wrong! Softer foods often have less nutritional value affecting your diet.

    Speech
    Your teeth, tongue and lips play a vital role in the ability to speak. Take one element away and it may become hard. If you have a missing tooth, no matter where it is in your mouth, your pronunciation will be affected.

    Tooth Replacement Options:

    Getting a Dental Implant is a procedure that’s a permanent tooth loss replacement. This procedure allows you to have a fully working tooth and restore your full bite.

    A Dental Bridge is a semi-permanent fixture to replace a tooth. There are three different types of Dental Bridge: Traditional, Cantilever and Resin-Bonded, each of which is used differently. A bridge is where there is one tooth missing and a fake tooth is put in place and joined to the neighbouring teeth by either crowns or wire.

    The other option is to have Dentures; these are normally an option for our elderly patients or for patients with severe multiple tooth loss to almost a full set.

    Here at Thurmaston Dental, we provide a wide range of Tooth Loss Solutions. Get in touch with our friendly team today on 0116 260 2515.

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