Why Replacing Missing Teeth Is as Much About Health as Your Appearance

Wondering why it’s important to replace a missing tooth that’s in the back of your mouth where no one can see? Because your teeth work together to keep your smile healthy. Even when it doesn’t affect your outward appearance, the rest of your teeth can suffer over a lost tooth. Your gums, jaw, and overall health also notice the gap.

Find out why the experts at Advanced Dental Care of Austin recommend their patients replace missing teeth to protect their smile as well as their physical health and emotional well-being.

A smile is a great way to face your day

Replacing missing teeth is important to your psychological health and can affect your personal and work relationships. Research discussed in Psychology Today shows that smiling has a positive influence on how you perceive the world. It can boost your confidence and enhance your sense of well-being.

Your smile can also alter the mood of those you meet and may leave them feeling as though you’re competent, likeable, and courteous — all possible with a smile. But when you’re worried about the impression your teeth make, it’s difficult to put your best smile forward.

Missing teeth interfere with your oral health

Your teeth are designed to function as a team. Missing teeth can cause others to shift out of place and slide into the gaps. When this happens, it affects your bite and may cause damage to the surface of your teeth, which increases the risk for cavity formation.

An altered bite with missing teeth can make it difficult, or even painful, to chew the foods you love. Misaligned teeth also make it more challenging to keep your teeth clean with daily brushing and flossing, increasing your risk of tooth decay and other oral health issues.

Healthy gums fit tightly against your teeth and form a barrier that helps keep decay-causing bacteria from invading the vulnerable tooth roots and bone below your gums. Changes associated with missing teeth can irritate your gums, causing them to loosen and pull away from the teeth they’re designed to protect.

Gum damage leads to gum disease. This typically starts with gingivitis. If not treated, gingivitis advances to worsening stages of gum disease, such as periodontitis, that can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss in your jaw.

Poor oral health affects your overall health

Infections in your gums and teeth open the door for bacteria to invade your bloodstream and travel to other areas of your body. This can cause worsening diabetes control, affect your heart health, and lead to other serious medical conditions.

You have choices for replacing missing teeth

Whether you’ve lost one tooth, many teeth, or a mouthful of teeth, the experts at Advanced Dental Care of Austin offer several options for natural-appearing replacements. They may recommend:

The team at Advanced Dental Care of Austin also has the skills necessary for a full mouth reconstruction that can undo the damage caused by gum disease, replace missing teeth, repair damaged teeth, and give you the bright, healthy smile you deserve.

Your appearance and your well-being are worth it. Call Advanced Dental Care of Austin today to schedule your appointment, or book your visit online to experience the health and cosmetic benefits of replacing missing teeth.

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