Your smile is certainly a significant, and important feature of your face. It is a universal symbol that is understood in every single language. But, what happens when you hide your smile because of a missing tooth? You could be giving off the wrong first impression to others, as well as hindering your life, and damaging your health, in various ways.
Your Hyde Park implant dentists at University Dental Professionals is here to discuss the effects of a missing tooth, and how we can replace missing teeth with dental implants in Chicago.
Why are teeth extracted?
Teeth may wind up getting extracted due to various reasons such as an injury, decay, or damage that is not repairable. At University Dental Professionals, our Hyde Park cosmetic dentists try with every ounce of effort to save every tooth possible. However, there comes a time in some instances that extraction is the only answer. Some patients may have their tooth extracted and think nothing of replacing it, but living with a lost tooth has an impact on your life.
When you have a tooth extracted, and then not replaced, the lasting effects are obvious. A large gap in someone’s smile cannot be ignored. While others may not notice a missing back tooth, one that is extracted from the front is noticeable. However, a missing tooth, whether in the front or back of the mouth, will eventually affect your smile. Even a missing back tooth could cause teeth to shift or drift out of alignment, affecting your front teeth.
Teeth have a purpose besides helping us chew our food. The roots of each tooth provide stimulation to the jawbone, which means that when a tooth goes missing, the jawbone is no longer stimulated. In these cases, the jawbone begins to resorb or diminish, which looks like it is shrinking away. You may notice your teeth start to drift when bone resorption occurs. Also, gums may begin to recede in the area of the missing tooth, causing your other teeth to become sensitive, unsightly, or even extracted eventually.
While missing only one tooth may not affect your chewing abilities all that much, missing more than one certainly will affect your diet. You may not be able to chew the foods that you love, or experience difficulty when you eat. Also, while your existing teeth absorb more chewing pressure, they are likely to succumb to damage that may lead to extensive repairs down the road.
How can I replace my missing teeth?
Hyde Park area cosmetic dentists provide dental implants as a means of replacing missing teeth. Most people with missing teeth that also have good oral health and healthy jawbone levels are candidates for dental implants.
An implant replaces the missing tooth’s root, and crown, which is the visible portion of the restoration that will look just like a natural tooth in your mouth. Since the dental implant will help restore your bite, you will not suffer from teeth shifting out of place as a result of missing teeth, nor will you have to deal with difficulties of eating food like before. Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime, but you still will need to care for it like you do your natural teeth, by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
Dental Implants in Hyde Park
Why deal with the health consequences and embarrassment of missing teeth any longer? Learn more about dental implants or any of our other tooth replacement options by calling University Dental Professionals at (773) 684-5702 to schedule a consultation.
University Dental Professionals is proud to provide state-of-the-art oral health care to patients in the Hyde Park area of Chicago.