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4 Reasons to Replace your Missing Teeth

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Sciota, Pennsylvania

Millions of people are missing one or more teeth, whether they have fallen out because of decay or gum disease, have been extracted because of damage or infection, or have fallen out because of trauma. Missing teeth may make people feel ashamed of their smile. But the consequences of missing teeth don’t end there. Today, our implant dentist in Sciota is looking at four important reasons to replace missing teeth.

  1. Restore function

The primary functions of our teeth are to crush and grind food, making it possible and easier for our body to digest food, and also to help us speak. Missing even one tooth can change the way our teeth and mouth function when it comes to these important, everyday activities.

  1. Prevent bone loss

A tooth’s root, through everyday motions like chewing food, stimulates the jawbone. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone is no longer being stimulated. Within six months after losing a tooth, the body responds by reabsorbing into the body the bone tissue that isn’t being used. Over time, this can cause the entire structure of a face to change. It can also cause the eventual loss of neighboring teeth.

  1. Prevent shifting teeth

When a tooth is missing, other surrounding teeth will start to move to take up the space. This shifting can lead to misaligned or crooked teeth, potentially creating areas where it’s hard for a toothbrush or floss to reach. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease or infection. Missing a tooth can also impact a person’s ability to chew, and it can cause jawbone stains and the development of oral health issues, including a misaligned bite and/or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

  1. Restore confidence

Last but certainly not least, replacing a missing tooth can restore a person’s confidence in themselves, and this can have a ripple effect on a person’s life, both personally and professionally.

Dental Implants in Sciota, PA

Dental implants are a revolutionary way for cosmetic dentists to replace missing teeth. They are the preferred way of our Chestnuthill Dental team to restore your smile and oral function if you are missing teeth or need to have one or more teeth extracted. We would love to speak with you about dental implants and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at (570) 865-7929, or reach us online to schedule a consultation today.

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