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Top four concerns with a missing tooth

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

By: Mike Schmidt


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.

 

  1. Bone loss:  Once the tooth is gone, your jawbone will slowly begin to deteriorate in that area.  Your facial structure can also be affected.
  2. Bad bite:  You might have to compensate chewing certain foods when a tooth is lost, leading to jaw pain.
  3. Shifting Teeth:  The neighboring teeth around the empty space will begin to shift into the open space. 
  4. 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.  

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