Why Replacing a Missing Tooth Isn't Just a Cosmetic Need

If you have a cracked or missing tooth, your problems go beyond just cosmetic surface-level concerns. If left untreated, a cracked or missing tooth can become the source of major whole-body health problems, in addition to making you feel insecure about your smile. 

At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Leesburg, Virginia, our founder, Haidy Messih, DDS, offers multiple treatment options to deal with missing teeth. Dr. Messih can help you bring your smile back to full strength, protecting your overall health with comprehensive, high-quality oral care.

Oral problems

Missing teeth affect your oral health in several ways, beyond just impacting the look of your smile. Chewing and even speaking might become more difficult, and you may suffer from headaches or oral pain. If the gap created by your missing tooth is visible, your personal or professional life may suffer.

When you have gaps in your teeth, harmful bacteria find additional places to grow and collect in your mouth. Missing teeth increase your risks of oral problems like tooth decay and gum disease. A long-term empty tooth socket can weaken your exposed jawbone, creating structural vulnerability that eventually leads to bone shrinkage and/or tissue decay.

Don't wait for your jawbone to weaken around the site of your missing tooth. Jawbone shrinkage can also lead to oral problems like receding gums and eventually more tooth loss. Getting missing or cracked teeth treated right away helps keep your dental structure intact and strong.

Whole-body health risks

The harmful bacteria that collects in your mouth can lead to serious health problems elsewhere in your body. Your mouth provides a point of access to your internal systems, including your circulatory system, which pumps blood throughout your body.

Missing teeth make an oral infection more likely and can be the starting point for serious conditions, including heart disease.

So, as you can see, you should resolve missing teeth for more than just your oral health. Leaving a gap in your smile could ultimately lead to an infection, and if you don’t address an infection, it could be fatal. Pregnant women, in particular, need to attend to missing teeth to avoid health issues that increase the risk for premature birth.

Available care options

Instead of ignoring a missing tooth, come in for a dental appointment and review your treatment options. At Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a range of solutions for cracked or missing teeth, including crowns, bridges, and dental implants. After a few appointments to complete treatment, your smile will be back to full strength. To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Messih, call our office today at 703-659-2805, or use the online booking tool at your convenience.

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