What If I Don’t Replace My Missing Tooth?

What If I Don’t Replace My Missing Tooth?

Sometimes our patients lose teeth and aren’t able to immediately get treatment for dental implants. While we understand that there are a variety of factors that play into a decision or ability to seek dental care, we want all of our patients to fully understand the consequences of delaying care for missing teeth. Here are the main problems that can occur in patients who don’t replace a missing tooth, according to Emory University Healthcare.

1. Your adjacent teeth could be damaged, which may cause gum recession and bone loss around those teeth.

2. Your other teeth could wear prematurely.

3. Your teeth may shift, causing jaw pain, headaches, and pain while eating or drinking. 

4. You may experience bone loss in your jaw, due to the lose of your tooth and its root. 

5. You may need grafting to increase bone mass before a dental implant procedure can be completed. 

These risk factors exist when patients are unable to replace a missing tooth in a reasonable time frame. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment and our incredible staff will help you fix your missing tooth with the best dental care possible.

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