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Springfield, MA 01129
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How Missing Teeth Affect Your Whole Smile

By Laura Gramse, R.D.H., D.M.D.
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can have a serious impact on your oral health if you aren’t implants

Losing a tooth is stressful enough, but if you decide to wait to seek treatment you could be doing your oral health a great disservice. After losing a tooth it’s important that you talk to our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Laura Gramse, about the restoration that will work best for your unique needs. If you decide not to replace your missing tooth or teeth, here’s what will eventually happen:

Bone Deterioration

One of the most common complications of tooth loss is jawbone damage. Since the roots of the tooth are no longer present, they can’t stimulate the jawbone. When this happens, the jawbone senses these changes and begins to lose density. The jawbone will also recede and shorten over time. If you don’t replace your missing teeth, jawbone loss can become so severe that you may require bone grafting surgery in order to correct the issue and preserve as much of your jawbone as possible.

Facial Changes

As you probably can imagine, if the shape of the jawbone has changed drastically then it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that it will affect the overall shape of your face as well. Skin will begin to sag and cheeks will cave in since the jawbone isn’t there to support some of the muscles of the face. The space between the nose and the mouth shortens and these changes can prematurely age you. This is a fact that worries many with tooth loss, but luckily dental implants and other tooth replacement options in Springfield, MA, can prevent this complication.

Shifting Teeth

Have you had braces in the past? Do you love that your smile is finally straight? Hate the idea of needing braces again? Well you may if you don’t treat your tooth loss. Whenever there is a gap in your smile, teeth will begin to shift into that open space. As a result, you may face a crooked or misaligned smile, which will require orthodontic treatment to correct.

Don’t let tooth loss have the final say. Take charge and restore your oral health for the long-term with dental implants. Call our Springfield, MA, cosmetic dental office to schedule your consultation.