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How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Smile

How Missing Teeth Can Affect Your Smile

Thousands of Treasure Valley residents have one or missing teeth. While common, missing teeth can seriously impact an individual’s overall health aside from the visual appeal of their smile. That’s why the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group are proud to offer the best tooth restoration treatments to help patients address their tooth loss and enjoy optimal wellness.

The Consequences Of Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth can impact a wide variety of factors regarding your mouth, overall health, and day-to-day functions. In fact, many patients deal with life-altering issues after losing a tooth. These include:

General Function

Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak and eat comfortably. A missing tooth can significantly interfere with the ability to eat your favorite foods and how you communicate with others.

Visual Appearance

Aside from an unwanted gap between teeth, a missing tooth can result in a deflated look in your facial features near your mouth and mandible. Teeth help to support your face, making it look fuller and normal in shape.

Tooth Position

Many people aren’t aware that their teeth actually depend on one another to retain their proper position in your mouth. When a tooth is missing, the adjacent and opposing teeth around it can shift into the empty space.

Jawbone Loss

Your jawbone requires stimulation from the roots of teeth to maintain optimal health. Missing teeth removes this stimulus, causing the jawbone to break down. Even worse, bone deterioration has its own range of consequences, which can make it more challenging to replace missing teeth with implants.

Quality Of Life

Missing teeth can affect the overall quality of your life. These factors range from decreased function to low self-esteem as teeth have a huge influence on your smile, lifestyle, and health.

Tooth Replacement Solutions

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists often recommend dental implants as a better, less invasive, and long-lasting solution to missing teeth. We use the best materials and practices to restore the natural function and visual appeal of your smile.

Dental implants work as a total tooth replacement that is made up of three components: a post, abutment, and crown restoration. The dental implant post resembles a screw made of titanium that is anchored into the jawbone like the natural root of a tooth. An abutment is then attached to the post, and the crown restoration is attached to the abutment.

Dental implants not only restore the beauty of your smile, but they also prevent your teeth from shifting, while conserving your jawbone, and help you to eat and speak without any issues.

Summit Dental Group

If you have missing teeth, you owe it to yourself to learn more about dental implants. Contact the Boise dentists at Summit Dental Group today by filling out our online form or give us a call at (208) 345-8962 to schedule an appointment. We would be more than happy to provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have.