Missing teeth create a wide range of dental concerns for patients. Because of this, we recommend visiting our Bradenton, FL dentist office sooner rather than later to learn more about your restorative dentistry options following tooth loss. Learn more about how missing teeth affect your dental health below:
Cosmetic concerns are relevant threats to your overall dental health. When you do not feel confident with your smile, you are less likely to take care of it properly. Our office takes your cosmetic concerns seriously and will address them promptly to ensure you can get back to enjoying your smile again. Missing teeth create uneven gaps within your smile, sometimes causing your other teeth to shift around to make up for the loss. If you have had orthodontic work done in the past, this may mess up the straightened appearance that you have worked so hard for. The sooner you replace a missing tooth, the less likely the missing tooth will lead to your other teeth shifting. Additionally, you can smile, laugh, and speak publicly without worrying about if others are looking at your smile.
Missing teeth create functionality concerns within your smile. When you are missing one or more teeth, your remaining dental structures must make up for this loss when performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. Patients with missing teeth are also more likely to develop tooth decay or gum disease because the gaps created by missing teeth are the perfect hiding spots within your smile for food residue and bacteria to hide behind. The longer you leave missing teeth unattended to, the more likely it is that you’ll begin to notice the consequences of these concerns. For example, if your jawbone is overworked on a daily basis because it does not have the added chewing support from your missing tooth, you may experience symptoms of TMJ disorders like tension headaches or jaw pain.
Know Your Options
You are not without options when it comes to tooth replacement. Our office offers implant dentistry solutions to help you avoid these many dental concerns associated with missing teeth. Dr. Patel has extensive training in the placement of all types of dental implants and offers patients the convenience of complete services for this procedure in his Bradenton dentist office, Manatee Advanced Dentistry. From single implants to implant secured dentures, Dr. Patel can restore your smile with natural function and aesthetics. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, schedule an appointment online today!