Is Your Missing Tooth Affecting Your Smile?
One single missing tooth can greatly change the way you smile, if not stop you from smiling all together. In any case, your smile depends on a full set of healthy vibrant teeth. Although a single missing tooth may not seem urgent, it can affect your bite, lead to bone loss in your jaw, and cause damage to surrounding teeth. However, Dr. Fotek offers a highly sophisticated method for replacing missing teeth. Contact us at our Jupiter office today to learn more about how a dental implant can replace both the form and function of a real tooth.
What's the Big Deal Over One Tooth?
Except for your wisdom teeth, all of the teeth in your mouth serve three different purposes:
- While your back teeth are responsible for chewing, your front teeth help you bite into foods. The first step in the proper digestion of food is chewing. If you are missing a single tooth, you may be unable to chew your food properly, which means you body may not be able to absorb all of the nutrients from your food.
- When you speak, your teeth play an integral role in the pronunciation of words and sounds, especially consonants.
- Your teeth are also responsible for holding the other teeth in place. If you lose one tooth, your remaining teeth will begin to shift toward the empty space. As a result, the other teeth will become misaligned, which results in an improper bite, more worn enamel, and a much higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ disorder.
As you can see, if you are missing a single tooth, it's definitely a big deal. The best solution is to contact the Dental Healing Arts to replace your missing tooth. By replacing your tooth, you will have your speech and chewing ability restored to its full capacity. You will also force your remaining teeth to stay in place, which will prevent the problems arising from misaligned teeth.