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Not Replacing a Missing Tooth Puts Your Healthy Teeth at Risk

April 30, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Robert Rahm
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If you are missing just one tooth—especially if it’s in the back of your mouth where it’s barely noticeable—it can be tempting to let it go. But tooth replacement is about more than changing the way your smile looks. Not replacing a missing tooth can put your healthy teeth at risk—and it can lead to more tooth loss.

Whether you are missing one tooth or many, we hope you’ll call Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm to learn about your options for tooth replacement, including dental implants.

Why Missing Teeth Are a Problem

When even one tooth is missing, the rest of your teeth will tend to shift in order to fill in the gap left behind. Your chewing changes with a missing tooth as well, and you might start to wear down your healthy teeth because your upper and lower jaw no longer meet properly. Depending on where your missing tooth is, your speed could also be affected.

Dental Implants Provide a Stable Restoration

Top dentist in Chesterfield, MO Dr. Rahm can work with you to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant. Surgically placed into the jawbone, the dental implant takes the place of the tooth root that is missing. Over the healing period—usually three to four months—the implant becomes a part of your jawbone. Once the dental crown restoration is placed on the implant, you have a tooth that looks and functions very much like your natural tooth.

With proper care, you can protect your dental investment, and your dental implant could last a lifetime.

Call Chesterfield Valley Dental Today

Don’t put your oral health at risk! Talk to our Chesterfield, MO team about replacing your missing tooth with a stable, durable dental implant. A dental implant will restore both the form and function of your smile. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

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