If you have been missing a tooth for a while, you may have grown used to it, and you’re probably wondering why you should bother doing anything about it. After all, what can it hurt to have a missing tooth? However, there are a few reasons why you should consider doing something about a missing tooth, such as getting a dental implant!
A missing tooth can affect your appearance
A mouth full of teeth is needed to keep not only your teeth healthy, but your facial muscles healthy as well. When you are missing a tooth, the other teeth can start to move, which can affect your jaw bone and your facial muscles. Your muscles and facial skin may start to sag, making you look older than you really are.
A missing tooth can affect your overall health
Having all of your teeth means they can keep each other stable and in place. A missing tooth gives the other teeth the chance to shift around, which can increase your risk for tooth decay (it can be difficult to get teeth really clean if they are too close together) and gum disease. Because it can also lead to changes in your jaw muscles, it can lead to a joint disorder such as TMJ, which can cause headaches and jaw pain.
A missing tooth can affect your self-esteem
Having a gap in your teeth may make you self-conscious when you talk, smile, or laugh, and over time you may try to avoid doing anything that might show you are missing a tooth. It can even lead to difficulty talking, which may further affect your self-esteem.
A missing tooth can affect how you enjoy food
Do you find yourself avoiding chewing on one side of your mouth because you’re a missing a tooth? Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your favorite foods without having to think about which side to chew on the whole time?
You don’t have to just live with a missing tooth. Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center can provide you with a dental implant that looks and feels just like a real tooth! Call (610) 272-6949 for an implant consultation appointment today!