Functional and Cosmetic Dental Issues
If you are missing a front tooth, the reasons for tooth replacements are obvious: reclaiming your smile. For missing posterior teeth or anterior teeth, regaining tooth function is important. If you have a missing tooth not only your image suffers. You will have difficulty speaking and eating in the same ways you used to use your teeth. If all of these important factors do not phase you, here is the most important reason for replacing missing teeth: malocclusion.
Teeth Drifting and Misaligned Bite
Your teeth act as placeholders for one another. If one tooth is missing, overtime your speech patterns and eating habits will cause your other teeth to shift. The remaining teeth surrounding the void of the dislodged tooth will begin to shift to accommodate for the hole. This not only leads to excessive tooth wear, but also to a bad bite. One of the biggest offenders for most dental problems, a misaligned bite can contribute to bruxism, TMJ disorder, and cosmetic appearance.
Dental Implants and Bridges
By replacing the missing tooth with restorative dentistry procedures like dental implants or dental bridges, our Chicago dentist can help you prevent tooth drifting and improve your appearance at the same time. Additionally, replacing missing teeth with crowns and dental implants helps you regain your ability to chew your favorite foods and speak normally. As an added benefit, dental implants and bridges look like natural teeth using dyed porcelain shaped like the missing tooth.
Restorative Dentistry in Chicago
If you are suffering from a missing tooth, our Chicago dentist, Dr. Fondriest urges you to avoid compounding dental issues. To schedule an appointment, contact our Lake Forest dentist office at (847)234-0517. We offer a wide range of dental treatments for patients from Grayslake, Barrington, Lake Forest, Winnetka, Highland Park, the North Shore, and Chicago.