how a missing tooth will affect your smile

How a Missing Tooth will Affect your Smile

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At Devine Dentistry, we go the extra mile to provide elite dental care to our patients, helping to preserve their prized possession – their smile. Sometimes, however, a dental filling or crown is not enough to preserve a tooth that has succumbed to extensive damage or decay. In these instances, your Nashville dentist may recommend an extraction.

You may not think there is too much to worry about, getting an extraction, but it actually can have devastating consequences to your oral health. Here’s how missing a tooth can affect your smile.

Aesthetics

How your smile will look after a tooth extraction is pretty obvious, you’ll have a missing tooth! While most patients won’t mind a missing tooth from the back of their mouth, a missing front tooth is a little bit more obvious. At either rate, a missing tooth – even in the back – will eventually affect the look of your smile by causing your teeth to shift, resulting in crooked teeth and an uneven bite.

Function

When a tooth is extracted, it no longer provides stimulation to the surrounding jawbone, which means that the bone begins to be resorbed slowly by the body. This effect can happen over time, and eventually, you will start to notice that your teeth do not seem to fit together properly or comfortably, which can make chewing uncomfortable or even painful for some.

Nutrition Deficits

If you are missing only one or even two teeth, you probably will not notice a decrease in your chewing ability right away. However, as your existing teeth begin to absorb more pressure when eating, they are likely to start to fracture or breakdown. Ultimately, missing one tooth can lead to missing another one, and another one after that, and so on. If you are missing your back teeth, you probably are not able to chew food as well, especially fibrous fruits and veggies that are necessary for a balanced diet, never mind that delicious steak starring at you during dinner!

Patients who experience significant tooth loss may even experience premature signs of aging such as a sagging face, wrinkles, and fine lines in their face. Eventually, the jaw may become stressed since the bite is no longer optimal, leading to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), a disorder that can result in chronic pain of a debilitating nature.

How can I replace my missing teeth?

Your Nashville cosmetic dentist has options for you! We can replace a single missing tooth with a dental implant, the new gold standard for replacing teeth. Dental implants are permanent and are not susceptible to decay. This means that your dental implant could last forever!

If you are missing an entire dental arch, dental implants can be installed so that specially made dentures can easily snap into place, providing you with replacement teeth that can be removed at your convenience but that don’t fall out when you talk or eat.

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Living with missing teeth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, for some. To explore your tooth replacement options, contact Devine Dentistry today by calling (615) 269-4209 to schedule your consultation.

Devine Dentistry is proud to provide total oral care for patients in the middle Tennessee communities of Belle Meade, Green Hills, and Nashville.

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