Why replace a lost tooth?

Wilmington Dentist

Karen Conlin DDSDo you have missing teeth that need to be replaced? If so, it’s in your best interest to visit Dr. Karen Conlin as soon as possible. When missing teeth are not replaced, it can cause serious oral health problems that require extensive restorative dentistry. Visit Dr. Conlin to invest in a long lasting, high quality tooth replacement. This can save you time, money and lots of pain in the future.

Over time, teeth are lost for many reasons, including cracked roots, gum disease, cavities and dental accidents. Missing teeth compromise your eating habits, speech and appearance.

When missing teeth are not replaced, the following conditions may develop:

Tooth Shifting: When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will drift into the open gap. This will shift your teeth out of alignment and can quickly turn into crooked teeth.

Gum Disease/Tooth Decay: Once teeth shift out of alignment, it is harder to clean areas of your teeth. When plaque and bacteria aren’t brushed or flossed off daily, tooth decay and periodontal disease can develop. Often, this can cause further tooth loss.

TMJ Syndrome: Bite problems can develop if teeth shift out of alignment. When the upper and lower jaws don’t meet properly, it strains and damages the jaw joint (TMJ).

Bone Loss: When missing teeth aren’t replaced, facial collapse and premature aging can occur due to bone loss. Facial bones provide support to our cheeks, nose, lips and skin. Atrophy of these bones affects these overlying structures and results in facial collapse.

If you have a missing tooth, it is important to visit our Wilmington dentist to get it replaced. We offer a variety of options to replace missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges and dentures.