WHY REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
Losing teeth is never the best option. It is always advisable to save teeth. But there are certain cases where tooth removal is the only option like severe decay, tooth fractures or advanced gum disease.
Once we get a tooth removed we avoid replacing the tooth. It is because we are lazy (or have no time), worried about the cost or just scared of the replacement of teeth.
Here are four top reasons as to why we should replace the tooth once we remove it.
1. IMPROVE ESTHETICS:
Missing teeth affects your smile. The spaces due to missing teeth could be visible or the front teeth may move to create spaces which may make you want to hide your smile. Replacing it prevents the gap or spaces and keeps your confidence high.
2. RESTORE YOUR HEALTH:
Teeth help you chew your food well and begin the process of digestion. Missing teeth decreases the ability to chew food which in turn affects your health. So to chew and digest your food well we need to replace missing teeth.
3. PREVENT DECAY:
In addition to chewing food, teeth also help to maintain the position of each other in the mouth. When a tooth is lost, the adjacent teeth begin to shift towards the empty space. Shifting teeth can make your smile crooked and create hard to clean areas in your mouth. Food gets stuck in these areas leading to increased vulnerability to decay and gum disease.
4. AVOID JAW PROBLEMS:
Again, when neighboring teeth shift out of proper position after a missing tooth (or teeth), your bite alignment is disrupted. Over time, this can lead to jaw discomfort and even joint disorders.
5. SAVE BONE:
There is continuous bone loss at the site of tooth removal. The faster you replace the tooth with an implant the quicker it prevents further bone loss. With decreased bone volume, replacement might be difficult later on. It also leads to a sunken face appearance later which might make you look older. So replacing teeth helps prevent that.