The Cost of Not Replacing Teeth

The Cost of Not Replacing Teeth
Posted on 04/21/2017

At the office of Dr. Richard Goldberg DMD, we proudly provide comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients living throughout Monroe Township and Spotswood, NJ. If you’re looking for an experienced provider of family dentistry or wish to improve the appearance and function of your smile with cosmetic dentistry, we can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile.

People can lose teeth due to a number of reasons including dental decay, gum disease, wear and tear, injuries and serious illnesses. Regardless of why you may be missing one or more teeth, the impact tooth loss has on your life can be significant. Below are some of the long term costs and risks of not replacing missing teeth to help you understand how important tooth replacement is.

Bone Loss

Bone loss, or bone resorption, is one of the most significant dangers related to not replacing missing teeth. Bone loss takes place after a tooth is gone because the natural tooth roots are no longer embedded in the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone can deteriorate, which can impact the appearance of your face by making your face look sunken or asymmetrical in certain areas. 

Can Negatively Affect Your Ability to Speak Clearly and Eat Certain Foods

When you’re missing certain teeth, such as your front teeth, it can affect your speech. You may also find that you can no longer enjoy some of your favorite foods as it may be difficult to tear, bite and chew food. This can put more strain on your remaining teeth, to put them at risk for premature wear & tear and even breakage. Overall, not being able to bite and chew food thoroughly can lead to digestive problems, which can affect your overall body health.

Lower Self-Confidence

Feeling self-conscious about having visible gaps in your smile can negatively impact your personal, social and professional life as you may not feel as confident as you would if you didn’t have those spaces in your smile. You may even begin to avoid smiling, eating and speaking in front of others. Fortunately, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help!

Tooth Replacement Options

There are several tooth replacement options available including dentures, bridges and dental implants. Our office specializes in dental implants, one of the longest-lasting options available. Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth. Implants also help preserve the jawbone as the titanium post used for the root portion of an implant fuses with the bone over time to provide the bone with the stimulation it needs. No matter how old you are, everyone deserves a healthy smile, so contact our office today to get started! Dr. Goldberg would be happy to evaluate your case and see what cosmetic dentistry treatment is right for you.

Schedule Your Free Consultation with Dr. Goldberg Today

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants, please schedule a free consultation today by contacting our office at (732) 251-7722 or by completing the online appointment request form. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you restore your smile.