We know that dealing with tooth loss can be upsetting. Hopefully, many of you reading this have not yet experienced this situation. However, we feel that it is always best for our patients to be informed and prepared for any situation that may come their way. When dealing with tooth loss, there is always the question of whether the tooth should be replaced. We are here to tell you that, without a shadow of a doubt, a missing tooth should be replaced. The only exceptions are wisdom teeth and teeth that are removed for orthodontic purposes. Continue reading to learn about the extreme importance of replacing missing teeth.
Why Should Missing Teeth Be Replaced?
Although teeth are individual, they all work together as one unit. When one tooth is missing, it can affect the way the other teeth perform. It is similar to a team sporting event. When one member of the team is injured on the field, it is important for that person to be replaced. If their position is left open, it forces their teammates to work harder, potentially causing them harm. Teeth work in much the same way. When one or more teeth are missing and not replaced, it can affect the way the surrounding teeth perform. For example, the surrounding teeth take more impact while chewing, which can lead to issues such as premature wear or a cracked tooth. Other issues that can be found when teeth are missing include:
- Uneven wear on the teeth
- Jaw discomfort
- Bite issues
- Teeth that shift out of place
We offer a number of tooth replacement options and would be happy to make a recommendation following a thorough examination. We are always conscious about choosing the best option for your lifestyle and budget. If you are interested in learning which option we would recommend for you or a loved one, be sure to contact our office located in West Chester, OH to schedule an appointment. We want to help restore your smile!