You can find the right replacement for a missing tooth near Antioch
If a tooth or teeth has been lost or extracted, replacement is not technically mandatory. Living with missing teeth does not pose a great risk to health. However, your dentist will tell you that a missing tooth
or teeth should be treated with a suitable replacement
There are several reasons to replace missing teeth in our office near Antioch
. These include:
- Teeth fit into the mouth in such a way that there is mutual support for upright positioning. The loss of a single tooth can lead to a domino effect in which teeth shift, creating gaps in the smile.
- Gaps in the smile affect morel than mere aesthetics. When there is extra space between teeth, there is an increased risk of disease. This is because food particles and plaque can accumulate in the space, and between tighter areas created by shifting. Additionally, a shifting tooth separates somewhat from gum tissue, encouraging gum disease.
- One of the primary functions of teeth is to aid the digestive process by chewing food efficiently. The absence of a tooth or teeth can cause imbalance. Chewing may become lopsided, with one side of the mouth favored over the other. Imbalance in chewing puts a strain on the jaw and causes excessive wear on over-used teeth. Insufficient chewing can also lead to digestive problems.
- A major consequence of tooth loss is bone loss. The teeth provide stimulation that encourages the cell rejuvenation needed for bone retention. When a tooth is missing, the stimulation to that area decreases. In time, the density of jawbone also decreases. Depending on how many teeth are missing, the resulting bone loss can have a dramatic impact on facial contours. Because dental implants replace teeth and their roots, the stimulation needed for healthy bone is preserved.
Dr. Alkhoury offers various solutions for tooth loss. For most people, dental implants are the optimal choice for tooth replacement. These tiny, individual posts replace roots and can support various restorations, such as crowns or even dentures.
At Brentwood Family Dental, we can help you find a beautiful solution to missing teeth. Contact us at 925-344-5296 for your consultation.
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