You don’t need to be told. You understand that your missing tooth is a problem. You can see it when you look in the mirror, and you can feel it when you try to eat many different foods.
Thankfully, you can do something about your missing tooth. You can get an implant-supported dental crown by visiting our team in Florence, SC.
Getting a tooth replacement can pay off in multiples ways by restoring your smile and your bite … and by preventing more serious problems down the road. Don’t wait to do something. Call 843-627-4076 today to set up an appointment at Advanced Dental Center.
What Else Could Go Wrong
Too many people try to convince themselves that a single missing tooth isn’t a big deal, that it’s something they can live without. The truth is that it only takes one tooth to lead to more problems. Some of those issues are cosmetic and some affect the function of your teeth.
The location of your tooth matters to a degree, but there are some issues that can affect your mouth in almost any case. When you are missing a tooth, you can experience mesial drift. This kind of drifting can lead to changes in your bite because your teeth will shift positions. The end result can be a less attractive smile.
Those shifting teeth also affect how you bite and chew your food, which can create problems when eating. When you can’t bite and chew the same way, you may find that you must give up certain foods.
What you can’t see can be just as troubling. When you are missing a tooth, you are likely to experience bone loss in your jaw as well. In fact, you can lose up to 25 percent of the bone density within 12 months in the part of your mouth that no longer has a tooth.
That bone loss can lead to more lost teeth, which only makes the problems we already mentioned even worse.
You don’t have to let that happen. Our doctors will be happy to help you restore your smile and protect the teeth that you still have.
Choose a Solid, Secure Replacement
Implants take the place of the roots of your lost tooth. As such, they provide some important functions. First, they provide stimulation to your jawbone. That encourages new bone growth, which prevents the bone loss we discussed above.
The implant also anchors your dental crown to your jawbone. That direct connection in helpful for because it lets you bite and chew naturally with your replacement tooth. That is why you can continue to eat the variety of foods that you should eat (for their nutritional benefits) and foods that you want to eat (because you find them delicious).
Finally, having a complete replacement for your lost tooth will stop the drifting that can occur if you had a gap in your smile.
Reclaim Your Smile
Tooth loss is unfortunate, but it’s also more common than many people realize. On the plus side, you have great options for replacing your missing teeth today. Getting an implant-supported crown can make your mouth look and function as well as ever.