There are many reasons for having a missing tooth or teeth. You may be congenitally missing teeth. You may have suffered from an injury that caused your missing tooth, or your tooth cracked and had to be removed. If your tooth that is missing is located in the front of your mouth, you are typically motivated to get it repaired and replaced as quickly as possible due to the visual effects it has on your appearance. However, if your missing a tooth that is not visible when you smile, you may tend to just leave that hole in your mouth. This may appear to be the least expensive option, but its implications for your long-term oral health can be devastating.
Ignoring a missing tooth has a negative effect on your mouth. A missing tooth can compromise your bite as well as your ability to chew and speak clearly. Additionally, other adjacent teeth may try to move into the missing space and take over the function of that missing tooth. This movement can lead to headaches and muscle pain in your jaw. Over time, you may begin to experience jawbone erosion in the open area as well.
If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, book your appointment with Gordon Dental of Leawood today. Dr. Philip Gordon can replace your missing teeth with dental implants. The ADA is a great way to learn more about the benefits of dental implants. Call and book your appointment with Dr. Gordon to see if a dental implant.
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