Importance Of Replacing Missing Teeth
Dealing with tooth loss can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Tooth loss can be caused by a number of factors, such as severe decay, gum disease, trauma to the mouth, or complications from a medical condition. No matter the reason, we encourage our patients to replace their missing teeth as soon as possible. We are here to help our patients every step of the way and guide them into the correct decision. We are happy to answer any questions you may have. We want our patients to be knowledgeable and confident in their tooth replacement decision.
Why Do Teeth Need to Be Replaced?
When front teeth become severely damaged or are missing, more patients are quick to schedule an appointment to replace the missing teeth. However, when back teeth are missing, some patients think they can leave the space open or postpone replacing the teeth. Every tooth, no matter the location, should be replaced. The only teeth that are never replaced are when wisdom teeth are removed or certain teeth are removed for orthodontic purposes.
Although each tooth is separate in the mouth, all of the teeth work together toward a common goal. When one tooth is missing, it can cause problems for the surrounding teeth. For example, when one player on a sports team becomes injured, that player is replaced with another player. If that doesn’t happen, the other players are more susceptible to experiencing additional injuries. Teeth work in much the same way. When one or more teeth are missing and not replaced, it can affect the way the surrounding teeth perform. You may experience problems such as:
- Uneven wear on the teeth
- Jaw discomfort
- Bite issues
- Teeth that shift out of place
We are here to help you choose the best tooth replacement for your lifestyle and budget. If you are interested in learning which tooth replacement method we would recommend for you or a loved one, be sure to contact our office which is located in Knoxville, TN to schedule an appointment. We want to help restore your smile!