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The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth Elk Grove, CA
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The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime. Unfortunately, tooth loss can and does happen. Whether you suffered a traumatic injury or left decay untreated, a permanent tooth can become so damaged that it cannot be saved. Regardless of how you lost your tooth (or teeth), you must understand the importance of replacing it. There are many options in restorative dentistry that can help you regain a complete smile, including dental implants, dental bridges, partials, dentures and more. These solutions can save you from a number of consequences that missing teeth can often bring.

When a tooth goes missing in your smile, you may think that your appearance and self-esteem is all that is at stake. However, aesthetics is only one of the many setbacks you’ll experience if you neglect to replace a missing tooth. In fact, even one missing tooth in the back of your mouth can trigger threats to your dental health and overall well-being. Shortly after your tooth is lost or extracted, your surrounding teeth will migrate towards the empty gap. This shifting of your teeth creates a host of problems for your bite, oral health and dental function.

The Consequences of Missing Teeth

Here’s what can happen when a permanent tooth is either extracted or falls out naturally due to disease or trauma:

• Compromised speech and chewing abilities in certain cases
• Higher risk of decay and gum disease due to cleaning challenges between misaligned teeth
• Bite problems that may lead to orthodontic and TMJ treatment
• Bone loss and premature facial aging due to lack of stimulation to the jawbone

Why Implants are Superior

Considering the chain of unfortunate events that can occur when a missing tooth is not replaced, it’s easy to understand why you need to schedule that restorative dentistry appointment sooner rather than later. You will also quickly learn that dental implants are the gold standard treatment in both single-tooth replacement as well as the full-arch replacement. While traditional bridges and dentures can address many of the setbacks of missing teeth, implants are the only restorative option that can prevent bone loss. Dental Implants involve the surgical placement of a titanium post, which acts as an artificial tooth root to properly stimulates the jaw. This also provides remarkable and life-like stability for a crown, bridge or denture that will be anchored on top of the implant.

Ready to learn more about how dental implants can save you from the penalties of missing teeth? Call Laguna West Dental Care. We offer a full menu of options in restorative dentistry to rebuild your smile!

Posted on behalf of Laguna West Dental Care in Elk Grove

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Based on 19 reviews

Suzanne B.

As I was walking to my car after my appointment I thought, I sure am happy I come here. I get warm friendly service and gentle, thorough care throughout my visit. Dr. Chan and his staff are the best.

Jennifer B.

We've been so very happy with Dr. You and his staff since we moved to Sacramento in 1985! We've followed him to the current location in Laguna...he and his staff take such good care of all our dental needs. I have no hesitation in recommending their services!

Stephanie O.

In my 65 years on the planet, and hundreds of hours in former dentists' offices, Dr. You and his staff are by far the best I've ever encountered. My very recent crown replacement was 100 percent pain free! All phases of treatment, from removal of the old crown, mold taking and making, to the permanent placement with my brand new well-matched molar, was seamless. I respect and applaud Laguna West Dental Care for taking such talented care of me.

Janet S.

Since retiring, I drive and hour and a half each way to continue to see Dr. You and his entire staff ... and I hate to drive. No better dentist and hygenists in Sacramento and I have tried others over the years. Thank you for a great experience each and every time Laguna West!

Norman H.

In my 50+ years, I've probably had 7 to 8 dentists and have had my share of bad experiences that made me fearful of going to the dentist. But, after switching to Dr. Chan in 1991, I really couldn't be happier and don't dread dental appointments anymore. Dr. Chan is gentle and exceptionally good at giving shots that I can barely feel. He even calls me in the evening after every procedure to make sure I'm doing okay. The staff is friendly and caring and the facilities are nice. Highly recommended.

Carol D.

We've been patients of Dr. You and Dr. Chan since my son was in kindergarten - now a County employee. Everyone on the staff is great. I had one bad experience with a dentist referred by my insurance co. - I'd NEVER see a dentist again without a personal referral. Consider this mine to you -- Laguna West is an excellent choice!