Some people who lose a posterior tooth question whether they should even replace it or not. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to take over the chewing functions. Why not avert the expense to replace missing teeth in San Diego and save some money? Actually, there are several critical reasons to replace a missing tooth with a permanent tooth implant if possible:
1. The adjacent teeth may start shifting.
If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can influence the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone. Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain in the long run. We recommend you replace missing teeth in Charlotte to avoid spending more in dental work.
2. The underlying bone will eventually recede.
Without the tooth root, the jaw bone recedes. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a reduction in supporting bone. The vertical shortening proceeds and becomes more pronounced as you get older.
3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.
Once you lose a tooth, other teeth in your mouth receive more wear and tear. This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.
If you have missing teeth in Charlotte and want to learn more about dental implants, call Marcos Ortega DDS at 619-295-4545 to schedule an appointment. Dental implants not only look beautiful, but they will also provide your smile with the necessary support. The procedure is fairly simple and requires a short recovery period, but with advanced dental techniques such as sedation dentistry, you won’t experience any discomfort. We look forward to hearing from you.