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A Lost Tooth Has More Than Just Cosmetic Repercussions

Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue. Although the loss may seem minor, a missing tooth can have a significant impact on dental implantsyour oral health. Dr. Daniel Merker, Dr. Holly McAllister and Dr. Brian Merker, your Zanesville, OH dentists at Merker McAllister Dental Office, explain how dental implants can help you keep your smile strong and healthy.

Your tooth roots have an important job

Your roots don't just anchor your teeth in your jaw, they also play a role in keeping your jawbone strong. Your roots stimulate the bone by exerting constant pressure on it. When you lose a tooth, whether it's knocked out or extracted, your jawbone suffers. Since the underlying jawbone is no longer stimulated, it begins to weaken and even begins to shrink. Your jawbone helps support your muscles. Without adequate support, the lower half of your face may eventually begin to sag. Jawbone loss can also cause other teeth to loosen and lead to additional tooth loss.

When you choose dental implants as a tooth replacement option, you don't have to worry about any of these unpleasant consequences. Since your implant replaces your roots, it provides the stimulation your jawbone needs.

Eating is easier, according to your Zanesville, OH dentists

When there's a gap in your smile, eating can become difficult. It's harder to tear into a crusty piece of bread or even chew it when you have a tooth missing. If you don't chew your food thoroughly, you can experience an upset stomach. Unfortunately, you may never realize the reason for your sudden gastrointestinal problems.

Your tooth decay risk may rise after you lose a tooth

One lost tooth can throw off the alignment of your entire smile. Since that tooth is no longer available to help support surrounding teeth, they'll begin to lean toward the gap, creating overlapping areas that are hard to clean. Misaligned teeth can also affect your bite and cause tooth erosion, jaw pain and headaches.

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