If you have a compromised or missing tooth, you may consider replacing it. However, if it's not visible in the back of your mouth, you might wonder if it's necessary to do so. The answer is – yes, you should always replace a missing tooth, and there are several reasons why.
#1 Bone Health
When you lose a tooth root, your jawbone suddenly has nothing to support, and this causes it to deteriorate. Over time, this loss of bone can impact neighbouring teeth and even change the appearance of your face, giving you a sunken look that ages you.
Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant restores your root and protects your bone.
#2 Tooth Misalignment
A lost tooth leaves an open space that your neighbouring teeth eventually migrate into. This movement causes bite misalignment and can result in damage or fractures to teeth operating in ways they're not supposed to.
If your missing tooth is not hidden in the back of your mouth, you may be more motivated to restore that embarrassing gap in your smile. Having a smile you're proud of builds your confidence and allows you to interact with other people without concern or embarrassment.
When you're missing a tooth, especially a molar at the back of your mouth, your chewing function is significantly impacted. As a result, eating and enjoying the foods you love may be more difficult. This can affect your nutrition and health.
Tooth Replacement Options
Dental implants in Etobicoke replace your root and tooth, becoming as close to a natural tooth as you can. This makes them the top choice for tooth replacement.
A dental bridge can restore one or multiple adjacent missing teeth using crowns to support prosthetic teeth on both ends. This may be a good option for patients who aren't candidates for dental implants.
If you're considering tooth replacement in Etobicoke, we invite you to contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental at (416) 503-3335 to learn how our dentists can help you.