Losing a tooth as an adult is not fun. It usually is the result of some sort of bad experience, and it usually does not come along with a fun visit from the Tooth Fairy. Unless the tooth was extracted because of overcrowding or because it was a problematic wisdom tooth, it is important for the tooth to be replaced. Tooth replacement not only restores your ability to chew, bite, and speak, but it also prevents potential loss of bone density. Bone loss is a common result of losing a tooth.
A tooth’s roots and nerve endings supply your jaw bone with stimulation. This stimulation signals to the body that the jaw bone requires nutrients to maintain its density. Without this stimulation, the jaw bone no longer signals its usefulness to the rest of your body. Your jaw bone will stop receiving new nutrients and your body may begin taking nutrients away from the bone to use elsewhere. This process is known as bone resorption, and it can result in a loss of density in the jaw bone. This will weaken the bone creating a weak foundation for the remaining teeth in your mouth. Over time, the jaw bone will actually begin to soften and change shape. This can be problematic for prosthetic teeth that you may have in your mouth, such as dentures, as they will no longer fit properly. A dental implant can replace the roots of your tooth and create the stimulation the jaw bone needs to prevent bone resorption.
Not only does a replacement tooth replace the missing void in your smile, but it also ensures that you are able to chew, bite, and speak properly. Even just one missing tooth, depending on its placement, can impact the way that you are able to do these things. A tooth missing in the front of the mouth may give you a speech impediment and impede your way to bite. An essential molar may make it difficult to chew certain foods in the back of your mouth. Replacing your tooth with a crown or bridge gives you the ability to be able to do these things.
Do you have a missing tooth that needs to be replaced?
Replacing a missing tooth is important for your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Vahadi, call 972-335-7100. We proudly welcome patients from Frisco and all surrounding communities, including Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Prosper, The Colony, Carrollton, Lewisville, and more.