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Avoid the Health Consequences of Missing Teeth!

Hope everyone is having a good work week so far! In the newest edition of our patient newsletter, we wanted to address an issue we know many of our patients have mentioned during their routine visits to their dentist in Richardson. This is the issue of missing teeth.

While many of our patients are looking for the best solution for replacing teeth, some of you may not see the need, especially if you only recently had a tooth extraction. However, we’re afraid that you may not realize the health impacts that can occur when you don’t replace the space left by missing teeth.

Failing to replace missing teeth won’t just affect your appearance. It will also negatively affect your diet and the position/condition of your existing teeth. In this month’s newsletters, we’ll be detailing these consequences, as well as the best way to solve them at our practice.

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Appearance

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Patients often mention how missing teeth has affected their willingness to smile, even when around their friends and family. They hate how much their gaps have affected their self-confidence.

Some of you may not mind how your smile looks after an extraction but did you know that missing teeth can change the shape of your overall face as well?

When teeth fall out, the roots go right along with it. These roots are responsible for allowing blood flow to your gums and facial tissue. Without the roots, this no longer occurs, causing the natural elasticity of your face to reduce. This leads to premature sagging and gives your face an overall sunken appearance. It also causes your cheeks to appear more hollow than natural, so the only way to avoid this side effect is to replace the roots.

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The Health Impacts of Missing Teeth

Many of our patients can’t eat the foods they used to because of their missing teeth. Tough and crunchy foods are out of the question, forcing them to adopt a diet of softer foods. Many fruits, vegetables, and proteins are necessary for a balanced diet, so failing to replace missing teeth only makes this process more difficult.

Keep in mind, when a tooth falls out, the remaining teeth will begin to shift into the empty space left behind to compensate. This causes misalignment, which inevitably leads to a poor bite. Over time, a poor bite can cause symptoms associated with the temporomandibular joint disorder and enamel erosion. This is due to the uneven distribution of force applied when you chew.

These are the reasons why our practice has been pushing to patients what we believe to be the best option for tooth replacement.

What We Think is the Best Replacement Option

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When it comes to bringing your smile back and restoring function, no other replacement option comes close; dental implants are the answer. Dental implants are:

  • Durable
  • Long-lasting
  • Reliable
  • Capable of restoring blood flow
  • Capable of preventing bone reabsorption
  • The most aesthetically pleasing restoration available today

It’s these reasons and more that we recommend dental implants to our patients with single or multiple missing teeth, especially those with dentures.

The last thing we want is for you or your family to deal with unexpected consequences caused by missing teeth. If you or a loved one has been putting off treatment for dental implants in Richardson, feel free to schedule a consultation with us today so we can help you get started and provide you more detailed information. We hope to see you soon!

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