Why Replace Your Missing Tooth
Before we dive into our two replacement options, you might wonder why you should replace your missing tooth in the first place. For one, when you lose a tooth and don’t replace it, it can cause your other teeth to shift in position in order to fill in the empty space. This can result in severe bite problems. Another reason to replace your missing tooth is to help maintain a full and complete smile. If your missing tooth is in the front of your mouth, you might feel self-conscious with an empty gap to show.
Having a missing tooth can also make eating feel more difficult, depending on where it’s located in your mouth. Each tooth plays a role in chewing.
Once you lose a tooth, you will also lose some of your jaw bone. This is because the bone no longer has a tooth root to hold in place. The bone loss from a single tooth won’t result in premature aging. However, if you were to lose several more teeth in the future, your face might experience premature aging. This is because bone loss affects the support of your facial structure. Without the right support, your facial structure will collapse and your skin will become looser and present more wrinkles.
Lastly, not replacing your missing tooth can result in an increased chance of gum infection. Since there’s a large pocket where bacteria and debris can accumulate, you increase your chance of gum disease by not replacing your missing tooth.
Your first solution for replacing your missing tooth is with a dental bridge. A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns placed on existing teeth with a false tooth placed in between to replace your missing tooth. The crowns on your teeth act as anchors for the false tooth. Dental bridges offer many pros and cons.