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What Happens If I Don’t Replace a Lost Tooth?

Published on February 28th, 2020

Losing a permanent tooth not only has a significant impact on your appearance, but also on your self-esteem and even your health. By not replacing a missing tooth, you can set yourself up for all types of problems that can be painful and costly down the road. Let’s take a look at what happens if you don’t replace a lost tooth.

Health Issues

When you lose a tooth, it’s important to get it replaced since it can lead to a weakening of the sensitive gum tissue, which can lead to the gums receding. When the gums recede, you can experience gingivitis or gum disease that can affect other teeth and lead to further tooth loss. Additionally, a missing tooth can cause nearby teeth to shift and can prevent you from eating and speaking properly.

Replacement Options

Whether you’ve lost a tooth to illness, accident or injury, there are many great options available to replace the missing tooth. Your Bloomingdale and West Loop, IL, dentist might suggest dental crowns as a natural, comfortable option. If only a portion of a tooth is missing, you might be able to get veneers, which can alter the tooth’s appearance.

Keep in mind that every tooth needs an opposing tooth. If there isn’t one, the other tooth will start to emerge due to the force. The force of the human bite during chewing is around 70 pounds per square inch.

If you have left your missing tooth untreated and your teeth have shifted, you might need dental braces due to other teeth leaning or shifting. You can ask your dentist if Invisalign or invisible braces are a good option for you.

Schedule an Appointment

While it’s never fun to lose a tooth, there are great options available at Pure Dental Spa in West Loop and Bloomingdale, IL. Ask our team about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer.

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