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Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in your overall dental health. So, choosing not to replace a missing tooth can eventually be a serious mistake.

Here’s what happens: A missing tooth allows the other teeth to shift out of place, altering their proper alignment. And teeth that are misaligned are teeth that are difficult to clean well. And if your teeth aren’t able to be properly cleaned, then gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss can soon follow.

Maybe the most crucial reason a missing tooth should be replaced is bone loss. The bone structure that lies beneath the gums holds the teeth in place. Once a tooth is gone, the bone that was supporting that particular tooth begins to wear away. Bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density, so without a tooth in that area, the bone begins to break down.

This wearing down of bone can cause the teeth that are surrounding the gap to move inward toward the empty space. Consequently, one missing tooth can result in several crooked teeth, which produce the cause-and-effect sequence described above.

But there is hope.

If you have one or more missing teeth, your friendly dentists at Smiles Dental encourage you to explore the option of dental implant restoration, a treatment using substitute or replacement tooth roots which provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown.

Dental implants are an effective solution for those who have lost teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay or traumatic injury. Implants serve as sturdy anchors for replacement teeth because they are inserted into the natural bone, which actually grows around the post, permanently holding it in place.

This stable solution for missing teeth helps you to achieve optimal oral health, function and appearance. Dental implants look like natural teeth, and they function like natural teeth. Implants give you a long-term solution to restoring your beautiful smile, while also helping to protect and maintain healthy bone, enabling you to retain the natural shape of your face.

So, if you’d like to learn more about the advantages of implant dentistry, we welcome you to contact Smiles Dental to set up an appointment. We look forward to serving you.