Correcting tooth loss is a major focus of modern dentistry, which should come as no surprise considering the importance of your teeth to your quality of life. With an entire mouth full of teeth, you might begin to believe that losing one or two of them shouldn’t affect your smile’s ability to function. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. All of your teeth serve a purpose, and a complete set of them is necessary for your mouth to continue operating properly. Even if only one tooth is gone, the rest of your teeth won’t forget it, and replacing the lost tooth will be important for your smile to bounce back.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Loss
Did you know that a healthy human bite can produce up to 200 pounds on its back molars? The pressure at the front of your bite is considerably less, and the distribution of your bite’s force should be proportionate to what each of your teeth can handle. When a missing tooth disrupts the ranks, the pressure displacement is disturbed and your bite can become imbalanced, placing a greater amount of stress on certain teeth. To take up the slack, remaining teeth may shift towards the gap in an attempt to even out the pressure once again. However, the only things shifting teeth will accomplish is throw your bite further out of balance and leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay and/or damage.
Closing the Gap in Your Smile
If you’ve lost a single tooth, or multiple teeth in a row, then your dentist may recommend placing a dental bridge between the remaining adjacent teeth to close the gap and restore your smile’s equilibrium. As the name suggests, a dental bridge is designed to span the gap created by your missing tooth, replacing it with a lifelike fabrication. For more extensive tooth loss, you may require a partial or full denture, depending on your specific needs. In either case, your dentist may suggest placing your replacement teeth on one or more dental implants, which provide the most stable and comprehensive option for replacing lost teeth.
Speak with Your Dentist About Tooth Replacement
If you’ve lost one or more teeth, then speak with your dentist about the importance of replacing them. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Just Wright Dental Surgery Center in Waxahachie, TX, today at (469) 732-1987. We also proudly serve patients from Navarro County, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Corsicana, Mildred, Eureka, Ennis, Fairfield, Teague, Blooming Grove, Dawson, Hubbard, Hillsboro, Mexia, Groesbeck, Kerens, Malakoff, Rice, Centerville, Buffalo, and Athens.