Whether you lost it due to an accident, injury, or disease, having a missing tooth can be embarrassing and inconvenient. In addition to making your smile look incomplete, it can also make eating and even speaking more difficult.

At Willow Chase Dentistry, we recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible. When you lose a tooth, you become susceptible to a variety of complications and even oral health conditions. Preventive care and good oral hygiene can help prevent some of those complications and conditions, but getting your tooth replaced by a qualified and experienced dental team is the best permanent solution.

What Are the Potential Complications of a Missing Tooth?

In addition to the unsightly appearance of an incomplete smile, a missing tooth can also have other major impacts on your health and your life, including:

Tooth shifting—The alignment of your teeth is dependent on each tooth supporting its neighboring teeth. When a single tooth is missing, it can cause entire rows of teeth to shift and become crooked. The process can start almost immediately and can become noticeable in a matter of months, which is why it’s vital to book an appointment with a dentist right away.

Jaw pain—You use all of your teeth when you eat. When even a single tooth is missing, it can result in inefficient chewing—and that can cause your jaw to become overworked. In addition, shifting of teeth can cause the upper and lower jaws to fall out alignment. Both of those complications can result in jaw pain and even a debilitating condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

Tooth decay—Your gums are highly vulnerable to bacteria and inflammation. Teeth help protect gums, especially when proper oral hygiene is practiced. But when a tooth is missing, a small section of the gums is completely exposed to plaque and bacteria. Over time, that exposure can cause both gum disease and tooth decay in surrounding teeth. This complication can be exacerbated due to the difficulty of brushing and cleaning areas of the gumline where teeth are missing.

Clarksville’s Dental Implant Experts Can Help

At Willow Chase Dentistry, it’s our goal to help everyone get a beautiful and complete smile. One of the most effective ways to restore a smile after losing a tooth is with the help of dental implants.

Dental implants are the closest thing to actual tooth replacements, and they’re permanent solutions to an often embarrassing and painful problem.

To find out how we can help with your missing tooth, get in touch with us at (931) 919-2720 or request a dental appointment online today! We’re Sango’s choice for cosmetic and general dentistry, and we’re ready to give you your smile back.