Missing a Tooth? Here’s Why it Matters

Some people think that if they lose a tooth in the back of the mouth it’s not all that important because the gap won’t be visible when they smile. While that may be true, aesthetically, at least in the short-term, it’s important to understand there’s more than just a good-looking smile at risk.

Our teeth are necessary tools we use to not only chew foods but also speak. But did you know that teeth also help keep our face shape intact? The stimulation our jawbones receive from normal chewing and biting helps keep our smiles healthy. Associated bone loss from missing teeth, especially in the back of the mouth, is what gives so many denture wearers that “sunken in” appearance. The corners of the mouth start to droop; even wrinkles become more noticeable, notwithstanding the way the missing teeth can affect speech and eating. Also, over time, that gap can cause our other teeth to “drift” toward the open space and can affect your bite.

Dentures work to help our smiles. But dentures don’t address the fact that missing teeth means bone loss, which can affect our face shape. Dental implants are the only real restorative solution to replace tooth roots and help prevent this change. In a process called osseointegration, the implant forms a strong foundation for the replacement teeth, keeping the jawbone strong and helping retain the shape of your face.

Doctors Fava and Levine can help restore your smile and protect your jaw health. Contact our office for more information about the many benefits of dental implants!