Why It’s Important to Replace Missing Teeth

It might surprise you to learn that about half of American adults have lost at least one adult tooth. While there are obvious cosmetic downsides to missing a tooth, many don’t realize the effects that lost teeth can have on your overall oral health, as well. Whether it’s shifting teeth, jaw bone loss, or an increased chance for periodontal disease, there’s a number of reasons that you should always replace a missing tooth!

Campbell Family Dentistry is proud to provide restorative dental services, like dental implants, to those around Roseburg, Oregon. Dr. Campbell and his experienced team recognize that the effects of missing teeth go far beyond cosmetics, and that they can create risks for your overall health. If you’re interested in any of our restorative services, call us today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why it’s important to replace missing teeth.

Health Risks of Leaving Missing Teeth Untreated

When you fail to replace a missing tooth, there are a number of repercussions that can occur. Some can happen soon after the tooth is lost, and others take time to develop into more serious issues. Here are some of the health risks that can come from missing teeth:

  • Jaw Bone Loss: Interestingly enough, the jaw bone requires stimulation from attached teeth to maintain its integrity. When a tooth is lost, that lack of stimulation will lead to bone loss in the jaw.
  • Gum Recession: Similar to the stimulation needed for the jaw bone to retain its integrity, the gums can also begin to recede once you lose a tooth.
  • Teeth Shifting: This one can happen fairly immediately after you lose a tooth. With extra space in the place of that missing tooth, your teeth can begin to shift, potentially affecting your alignment, and making it more difficult to replace that tooth.
  • Periodontal Disease: When your gums begin to recede, there is an increased risk for periodontal disease. Not to mention that missing teeth create new hard-to-reach areas during your dental hygiene.

Types of Tooth Replacement Treatments

Fortunately, when we lose a tooth, there are a number of treatments available to alleviate some of the aforementioned dangers. Dental bridges are a common solution, utilizing a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that connects to the adjacent teeth. There are also dental implants, which are thought to be the most effective way to replace a missing tooth. A titanium rod that connects to your jaw bone serves as an anchor, which in turn helps prevent bone loss and gum disease. A prosthetic tooth attaches right to the anchor, making it sturdy and easy to replace if damage occurs to the tooth.

Join Campbell Family Dentistry For Our Restorative Services!

If you’re missing a tooth, or are in need of our restorative services, don’t hesitate to contact us at Campbell Family Dentistry! Give us a call at 541-672-4732 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.