Are you missing one or more teeth? Advanced tooth decay, an accident or a unique circumstance can lead to unnatural tooth loss or required tooth extraction. Gaps in your smile are left behind after your teeth have been removed. All your teeth are important, because they work together to support your essential daily functions, such as eating and speaking. When one tooth is missing, the rest of your teeth endure more wear to keep up. It’s important to replace missing teeth to keep your remaining teeth healthy and maintain the beauty of your smile.
Why You Should Replace Your Missing Teeth
To prevent your teeth from shifting out of place: When you lose a tooth, the space left behind allows your remaining teeth to move and shift out of place. This can lead to misalignment of your teeth, uncomfortable changes to your bite, or wider gaps between teeth. Filling the space with a dental bridge or dentures prevents other teeth from shifting.
To prevent damage to your remaining teeth: Your teeth work together to share the weight of your chewing, smile and bite. The pressure of these activities is evenly distributed; when teeth are missing, the pressure is distributed amongst fewer teeth, so the remaining teeth endure more wear and tear. If you replace your missing teeth, you’ll help prevent damage to your remaining natural teeth.
To restore your ability to chew: Your teeth are vital for comfortable chewing capability. When you have missing teeth, you have less teeth for chewing, plus you have gaps in your mouth that often trap food. Eating becomes easy again when you have a complete set of teeth, be it with a dental bridge or dentures.
To improve your smile and confidence: Smile confidently again! Gaps in your smile can leave you feeling embarrassed or hesitant to grin; being able to smile happily again is a major motivator to replace your missing teeth. Restorative dentistry gives you your smile back, so you feel confident again.
About Dr. Jeffrey Allen
Dr. Jeffrey Allen provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.