General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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Why Missing Teeth Should Be Replaced

Man Smiling With Missing Tooth

It’s an event that happens to the majority of us at some point in our lives. A tooth becomes damaged through accident-related trauma, extensively damaged by decay, or has some other malady befall it that requires that it be removed. After an extraction, you may be wondering if it’s worth investing in a dental replacement, and what kind of replacement would best suit your needs. You may also be wondering if such a thing is necessary, and we’re here to tell you that there’s more to dental replacements than vanity.

Replacing Extracted Teeth Helps You Smile Confidently

Let’s get right to the most obvious point. When you have gaps in your smile, it can make it difficult to meet the world with a confident smile. You may realize you’re hiding your smile due to feeling ashamed at its appearance or out of concern that others may judge you for it. Replacing missing teeth means you can smile with confidence, with a full and beautiful smile you can share with pride. While this is a big reason to get replacements for many people, it’s far from being the most important thing to consider.

Preventing Your Teeth From Moving Out Of Alignment

Every tooth in your mouth plays an important role in maintaining your oral health. One way that each tooth does this is by ensuring that your teeth remain in the proper alignment. Teeth that have migrated out of alignment are not only unsightly, but they also provide places for bacteria, tartar, and plaque to accrue. These nooks and crannies can be difficult to clean properly, increasing your chances for cavities and the development of gum disease.

Missing Teeth Can Cause Loss Of Jaw Bone

One of the many things that your teeth do that isn’t immediately obvious is to maintain the integrity of your jawbone. When you lose a tooth, the socket slowly degrades as there’s no need to support a tooth. When you get a dental implant replacement, this process is not only halted; you may actually see a strengthening of your jawbone. Dental implants use titanium posts as mounting points for your dental prosthetic. Titanium is used in these implants due to its ability to not only bond with the bone, but it can actually stimulate the production of new bone. This means your jawbone stops degrading and begins restoring itself to a state that is potentially stronger than before.

So there, you have a few exemplary reasons why replacing lost teeth isn’t just an exercise in vanity. Your mouth is a complex system that is interdependent on all its individual parts. When you lose a tooth, you impact the integrity of this system, leading to a subtle cascade effect that results in the steady degradation of your smile. Taking steps to halt this process by replacing lost teeth means you can continue to smile with confidence for years to come. If you’d like help deciding if you should get a dental replacement, contact Dr. Speer at the Oak Grove Dental Center in Milwaukie, OR today!

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