Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth

The teeth that no longer sit within your smile have left you with open spaces that you can feel and that onlookers can see. For most patients, feeling embarrassed or saddened by the altered appearance of their smiles is often one of the main reasons they seek restorative care and teeth replacement options. However, you may not realize that what you think of as a strictly cosmetic improvement is actually complex and quite important to your oral health. To find out more about why prosthetics like dental bridges are extremely important to protecting your smile and quality of life, consider the following information:

Teeth Keep Your Smile In Place

You may assume that your teeth are permanently in the same position they will be in forever as long as they’re in your mouth. However, that’s not quite the case. When you lose a tooth (or several) your remaining teeth will shift. They will not shift just a little bit but instead they will migrate toward the open spaces in your smile. Particularly in the case of patients missing multiple teeth this can dramatically affect alignment. By replacing teeth, you receive placeholders that preserve your current smile alignment, while preventing the need for additional treatments in the future.

You Can Protect Your Jaw Health

When you have open spaces in your smile, your bite changes. Your bite is the way your top and bottom teeth fit together when you close your mouth. If your teeth shift at all, your entire bite will likely suffer from poor balance. Why is this such a big deal? If your teeth fit together awkwardly when you close them together, you may compensate by moving your jaw into a new position. This stresses your jaw joints, potentially resulting in damage and discomfort. Replace your teeth to preserve a comfortable bite, while protecting surrounding supportive structures.


Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.


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