A missing tooth at the front of your mouth can be a source of stress but there are plenty of options for dental implants and partial dentures to fill the gap.
While a visible missing tooth might leave you feeling embarrassed and reluctant to open your mouth, there are good reasons to replace missing teeth further back in your mouth too.
Here are five reasons to replace missing teeth sooner rather than later, to keep your smile not only looking good, but also healthier for longer.
Most importantly of all, tooth loss can be a sign of an underlying medical condition which should be investigated without delay.
A dentist can help you decide if you need to seek medical treatment or, if you lost your tooth due to a physical injury, whether any further action needs to be taken.
Missing teeth expose your gums which can increase the risk of a gum infection, especially as gum disease is a common cause of tooth loss that is not directly injury related.
You may also have difficulty cleaning your remaining teeth well, which can raise the risk of plaque and hardened tartar or dental calculus, all of which are associated with bad breath.
A partial denture or implant-retained denture can fill the gap so that the teeth on either side are supported, just as they would be if your natural tooth was still there.
Without filling the gap, over time your remaining teeth can start to move out of position, which can cause discomfort and ultimately lead to them falling out too.
We all get used to the feeling of our teeth over the years and any missing, broken or crooked tooth can be uncomfortable and distracting.
Modern dentures use artificial teeth that recreate the shape of natural teeth for a smooth and even smile that you can get used to more quickly, without the exposed edges of gaps between your teeth.
Replacing missing teeth is more cost-effective in the long run. Early intervention means you can take full advantage of 0% finance deals to spread the cost of partial dentures or implant-retained dentures to fill a gap.
Crucially, for all of the reasons already listed above, replacing lost teeth means you are less likely to suffer further dental problems in the future, so the investment you make now will not only restore the natural aesthetic of your smile, but could save you money in the long term.