Hockey players may make missing teeth look like no big deal – but the reality is quite the opposite! In fact, every tooth in your mouth serves a valuable function, even a missing tooth in the back of the mouth which is not visible in your smile.
Why is this? You could say that each tooth in your mouth depends on the others to keep its proper position and furthermore that even your face and lips depend on your teeth to maintain its ideal shape.
The fact is that missing teeth create a space that eventually will lead to shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth or opposing teeth, or if many teeth are missing, allow significant changes to the shape of the face and mouth.
The more teeth that are lost and not replaced, the increased chance that wrinkles and lines will form and the cheeks and lips will collapse, causing you to look older than you are.
The jawbone is another major consideration. As soon as a tooth is lost, either from gum disease or an extraction, the supporting bone in the jaw begins to dissolve. Over time, loss of bone and shifting of teeth can limit dental options for replacing the missing teeth.
The ideal solution is to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible after it is lost. This will retain your oral health by preventing bone loss and reduce movement of surrounding teeth.
Keep in mind that your teeth are there to serve you with more than the ability to chew alone. A full set of teeth are necessary for the health of the gum and jaw tissues as well, not to mention the obvious affects on your confidence and well-being.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you have several options for making your smile complete:
- a fixed bridge
- a complete denture
Our team at Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group is here to help you get a healthy smile back after losing a tooth or several teeth. After a consultation with our Nanaimo dentists on Vancouver Island, we’ll advise you on the most suitable treatment option for your unique situation.
Downtown Nanaimo Dental Group is proud to serve your complete dental health needs in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Our Nanaimo dentists and dental hygienists believe in continuous learning to bring you the latest technology in dental medicine and our team of dental professionals aspire to the highest level of patient care. At each visit to our office we treat you with the respect, honesty and dignity that you deserve.