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Winning Back Your Smile: The Importance of Replacing a Lost Tooth

Losing your teeth or suffering from missing teeth is not fun for anybody, and not something you should simply disregard, either. The nature of this issue is an extremely pressing matter for both your oral health and self-esteem. 

At the end of the day, nobody really wants to live their life missing one or more of their pearly whites. It can feel uncomfortable enough to the point that you may no longer want to show your smile. And while your self-esteem is one thing, there are a plethora of other medical and health reasons why you should seriously look into replacing a lost tooth or teeth.

Today your McAllen family dentist at WhiteWing Dental will explain just why it’s so important to replace a lost tooth. 

Why You Shouldn’t Hold off on Replacing a Lost Tooth

You should never hold off on replacing a lost tooth if possible. Failure to care for your oral health can take a toll on your general health and daily life, as well as your appearance. Consider the following:

Health reasons: When every tooth is aligned in your mouth as they should be, this helps to keep their spacing even and teeth intact. With a missing tooth, however, your teeth can begin to shift. Teeth can drift out of place, causing your bite to change, along with potential gum disease and tooth decay.

Not only that but bones are similar to muscles, if you don’t stimulate them, they’ll start to give out. The bones in your jaws are activated when the force of biting and chewing travels down your teeth’s root into the bone. Even when you lose a single tooth, the bone where the tooth used to be, becomes very weak. 

Daily life: You want to be able to enjoy every meal without being in discomfort or pain, and you also want to have a healthy diet. Missing one or more teeth can make this challenging if you’re trying to eat healthy foods that could be tough to chew (i.e. nuts, vegetables, meats, etc.). A missing tooth can make it harder than it has to be for you to maintain the lifestyle you want.

Appearance: Every aspect of your face is affected by a lost tooth. Losing a tooth causes your bone to eventually deteriorate and muscles to droop over time.

Self-esteem: Missing a tooth may be fun when you were little, but it’s not all fun and games as an adult. Some people have found that missing teeth affect their speech patterns, the aesthetic presentation of their smiles, and their quality of life.

Best Options for Teeth Replacement

If you’re missing any teeth, it is in your best interest to see what options are available to correct the issue. This is something which you should take care of sooner rather than later. The longer you wait to replace your tooth, the more severe health complications can become and the more difficult it can be to deal with the consequences.

With all the tooth replacement options that exist, dental implants are often sought out by patients as the best option. The reason is plain and simple – dental implants replicate natural teeth as authentically as possible. 

They replace the crown along with the tooth and the root. The replacement tooth gets embedded in the bone, which helps prevent the further loss of bone structure. Essentially, an implant is an artificial tooth that functions like a natural tooth.

Our McAllen dentists will make sure the implants are custom-made to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. There are many advantages to dental implants such as improved appearance, speech, self-esteem, easier chewing, and most importantly, improved oral health.

In a nutshell, all the problems you’d face after losing a tooth would be resolved.

Have your teeth look good as new after seeing your McAllen dentist. 

Don’t ignore that gap in your smile – replacing it will be worthwhile. By scheduling an appointment with WhiteWing Dental, you’ll be given treatment options and outstanding results. So do your mouth a favor and take care of your missing teeth.

Contact us today at (956) 686-5577 to schedule an appointment to replace your lost tooth.