You’ve got work and family obligations, plus a “to-do” list that seems to grow by the minute. Replacing that lost tooth may be the last thing on your mind, especially if it has been missing for years. After all, what can it really hurt to have a missing tooth, and why go through the hassle of getting a dental implant? However, replacing a missing tooth is important for many reasons.
It is important for the health of your mouth
When you have all of your teeth, they work together to keep teeth aligned and in the proper place. A missing tooth gives teeth the chance to move around, which is bad for the health of your teeth and for the health of your jaw. Shifting teeth can eventually cause the muscles in the jaw and face to have to work harder, which can mean painful joint problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). TMJ can cause headaches, pain in the head, neck, and shoulders, and trouble eating.
It is important for your overall health
Missing a tooth can make it uncomfortable or even difficult to chew. You may begin to avoid fruits and vegetables and other crunchy foods because they are just too difficult to eat.
It is important for your quality of life
A missing tooth can make it hard for you to enjoy your favorite foods, and it can also make you self-conscious about your smile because you are trying to hide that gap in your teeth. Over time, a missing tooth can change the muscles in your face and make you look older than you are because your mouth begins to droop. A missing tooth can even affect the way you speak. All of these factors can affect your self-esteem and your day-to-day life.
Even if you have been missing a tooth (or teeth) for years, it is never too late to have it replaced. It is important for your health, your smile, and your confidence. Contact Soft Touch Dentistry today to discuss dental implants. Call the Brighton office at (617) 782-9250 or the Newton office at (617) 332-8146.