More than 120 million adult Americans have at least one missing tooth. Tooth loss is a pervasive issue that can happen for a variety of reasons. From tooth decay, gum disease, infection, abscess, failed root canal, or injury from an accident, the loss of one or more teeth can have a severe impact on your life. Not only is it embarrassing, but it can also make eating and speaking difficult.
At The Smile Shop, we can help our Durham, NC patients restore their smiles and improve their appearance. We recommend restoring your teeth as soon as you can to avoid further oral health issues.
Why It's Important to Restore Your Teeth
There are many reasons why someone would lose their tooth: cavities, abscesses, or trauma. Regardless of the reason, the result is difficulty chewing, speaking, and smiling with confidence. Over time, nearby teeth will shift to fill in the space, which can cause damage and further problems. Often, this results in a misaligned bite and further tooth loss.
Underneath the surface, the jaw bone starts to recede. Without a tooth root to anchor or stimulate it, it can start to change the landscape of your face and smile. This process is known as "resorption." Once jawbone volume recedes, it's hard to get back.
We always promote prevention to save our patients time and money, but if you lose one or more teeth, you should replace them! Your general dentists, Drs. Kate Dolin and Adam Spriggs, recommend dental implants as the only tooth replacement option that replicates the tooth root.
Are You Interested in Dental Implants?
Give your Durham general dentists a call at The Smile Shop. We are available at any time to answer any questions or schedule an appointment.