When you lose a tooth in the back of your mouth as an adult, you may wonder why you should even bother replacing it if no one can see it. Over 178 million people in the United States alone are missing at least one tooth, and for many of them, it’s in a place that may not be very noticeable.
Although it’s tempting to save money and time by leaving the gap, doing so can cause a lot of problems in the future, according to Dr. Collins.
The Void is Filled Quickly
When you lose a tooth, the adjacent teeth move into that area. Teeth naturally act as a spacer, so when one is removed, the others move to take its place. This can create a misaligned bite, which can lead to TMJ disorder pain and crowded, crooked teeth that become harder to clean and more prone to decay.
Bone Loss is Permanent
As we age, bone loss becomes a concern. And when you are missing a tooth, it can be an even bigger problem because that bone is no longer being used for chewing and other daily activities. After too much time passes, you can lose the ability to replace the tooth because if bone loss becomes too severe, there is not a strong enough foundation on which to place an implant. That’s why it’s so important to look into replacement options as soon as possible after losing a tooth.
Implants are the Best Tooth Replacement Choice
Dr. Collins recommends implants in all patients who are healthy enough for the procedure. An implant is the best option for tooth replacement because it replaces the tooth all the way to the root. This helps the jaw bone remain strong and stimulated over the years.
For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Collins, call us at 509-368-7788. You can also visit us online to learn more about dental implants here.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788