Top four concerns with a missing tooth
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
According to the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 69% of adults ages 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. Below are some likely consequences if you don’t replace that area with a dental implant.
- Bone loss: Once the tooth is gone, your jawbone will slowly begin to deteriorate in that area. Your facial structure can also be affected.
- Bad bite: You might have to compensate chewing certain foods when a tooth is lost, leading to jaw pain.
- Shifting Teeth: The neighboring teeth around the empty space will begin to shift into the open space.
- Less smiling: The missing tooth can affect your self-confidence and cause embarrassment in social situations.
The best way to determine if dental implants are right for you is to ask your dentist for a referral to the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons of BayCare Clinic. A brief, yet informative, consultation could change your life forever.