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3 Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth

December 22, 2021
Posted By: WisconsinSmiles Dental Team
woman smiling in dental chair

It’s a fact; missing teeth make life more difficult. Having a gap in your smile may seem like only an issue of aesthetics, but replacing them is essential for both physical and mental wellness. For example, gaps in your smile can cause you to speak differently, act differently, and choose foods that are less challenging to chew. 

At WisconsinSmiles, our dentists are committed to helping you find the tooth-replacement option that fits your lifestyle and budget so you feel happy, fulfilled and unencumbered by gaps in your smile.

#1 Prevent Teeth from Shifting

Imagine a tightly packed bookshelf. What happens when you pull one book out? What about two? The remaining books shift toward the gap left by the missing book. Your teeth will do the same. Wherever there is a gap, your other teeth will shift to fill it, causing a host of other dental issues.

  • Bite misalignment
  • Gum recession
  • Exposed roots
  • Uneven wear
  • TMJ dysfunction

When you replace a missing tooth before they shift, the tooth replacement will hold the remaining teeth in place. Dental bridges act as a placeholder, and dental implants can even help you maintain healthy bone levels.

#2 Maintain Healthy Nutrition

With all of the junk food available today, it’s hard enough to maintain a healthy diet. When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, you might find yourself eliminating crunchy vegetables and healthy proteins for softer, less nutritious food.

Especially as we age, eating fresh fruits and veggies can be difficult. However, when you replace missing teeth, you reopen the door to more food possibilities to support a healthy body.

#3 Support a Healthy Social Life

With the pandemic over the last year, our social patterns have been disrupted. Many of us realized how essential connection and interaction is to us. Missing teeth might keep you from laughing, talking, smiling, or being as social as you’d like. 

Don’t let a missing tooth interfere with living your best life! Many tooth replacement options can give you the self-confidence to smile in photos with friends while you create lifelong memories.

Worried about Missing Teeth? Contact Our West Allis Dental Office!

To learn more about dental bridges, dental implants, dentures, implant-supported dentures, contact our West Allis dental office to arrange an appointment and discover the possibilities for your smile.

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