Dr. Darryl Hatchett, DDS

Why replace a tooth with a dental implant, especially if it can't be seen?

Replacing a tooth for cosmetic reasons has obvious advantages. You’ll be able to smile again with confidence and feel good about the way you look. But the reasons for replacing a tooth aren’t just aesthetic.

All your teeth are designed to work together to help you speak and chew properly. When just one tooth is missing, the remaining teeth have to work harder and absorb more stress than they were ever meant to. Speaking becomes more difficult and a missing tooth can even give your face a sunken appearance, making you look older than you are.

Another problem with tooth loss is that without a root to stimulate the growth of the bone in your jaw, the bone can begin to deteriorate over time. Finally, a missing tooth creates alignment problems as surrounding teeth gradually drift into the empty space.

With all of this in mind, it’s a good idea to consider dental implants to replace a missing tooth, wherever it is in your mouth. Dental implants take the place of the missing root and resolve all the above problems. When the process is finished, you’ll be left with a beautiful, functional, and permanent tooth replacement.

If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and whether they’re right for you, please call Darryl Hatchett, DDS, Family Dentistry.

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