On the surface, the advantage to your smile that comes with replacing a lost tooth might seem obvious. That’s especially true if your biggest concern is how your smile looks without one or more natural teeth where they should be. However, there are many more consequences to losing a tooth than you might realize at first, and there’s much more importance in replacing it than you might expect.
Makes your smile look healthy again
The appearance of your smile isn’t the biggest thing to worry about after losing a tooth. Yet, it can be the most immediate concern given how prominent your smile is to the rest of your appearance. Because of this, the appearance of your tooth replacement should be of optimal quality, and replicate your healthy, natural tooth structure well enough to blend in almost seamlessly with the rest of your smile. A lifelike tooth replacement will restore your smile’s healthy appearance and your confidence when you show it off. In addition, filling the gap in your smile with a lifelike replacement will help restore the proper balance and function of your bite.
Restores your biting and chewing ability
When you lose even one tooth, the balance in your bite can be thrown off significantly. The array and alignment of your teeth play significant roles in their ability to fully absorb your bite’s pressure and distribute it evenly among themselves. When a tooth is missing, those that remain have to take up the slack, and the exposure to increased and uneven bite pressure can lead to several complications in your bite function. The best way to address this and prevent the need for more extensive treatment is to replace the lost tooth as soon as possible.
Reduces your risks of further problems
The effects that tooth loss can have on your bite function and balance are important, but they aren’t the only ways in which the tooth’s absence can impact your oral health. For instance, losing a tooth can make those nearest to it shift out of balance, placing an even greater burden on them and the rest of your teeth. This can increase the risks of them becoming damaged and, in severe cases, being lost as well. Replacing your lost tooth can do a lot for your smile in the immediate term, but it can also have profound benefits for your long-term oral health.
Find the best way to replace your lost tooth
If you’ve lost a tooth, replacing it as soon as possible could restore your smile’s appearance, as well as improve the long-term state of your oral health, bite function, and much more. To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.