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Why Replacing Your Missing Teeth Is Important

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Why It Is Critical to Replace Any Missing Teeth You May Have

A mouth that is healthy acts like a well-oiled machine because it gives you an appealing smile, the capacity to chew food properly, skin that looks youthful, and the ability to articulate yourself correctly.

When you start to lose teeth, not only does this throw off the balance in your mouth, but it also causes your oral environment's integrity to become damaged. Because of this, you should strongly consider making an appointment with our Summerlin dentist so that you can learn the most effective technique to replace any teeth that are currently missing in your mouth.

The Consequences of Having Missing Teeth

It is possible that you will have some of these negative side effects if you do not get your missing teeth replaced.

Your Teeth Have Been Shifting Recently

The teeth in your mouth have a natural tendency to grind against one another. When you have a tooth extracted, you are left with a significant gap in your smile, which the teeth that are still in your mouth will attempt to fill by sliding into the void. This is not the case, despite the fact that it may seem perfect. The teeth do not move in a pattern that is correctly aligned with one another. Instead, the remaining teeth will begin to tilt inward, which will lead to a misalignment of all of your teeth as well as the formation of small gaps in between each of them.

This shifting, which is among the most typical adverse effects of missing teeth, is something that takes place over the course of time. When you look back a few years after you've lost your teeth, you'll become aware of how much change has occurred within your mouth, even if at first you might not even realize it's happening. In fact, you might not even realize it's happening at all. Because of the narrow gaps that exist between your teeth, not only will your smile appear less appealing, but your teeth will also become more prone to trapping food.

It's Not Easy to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

One of the negative impacts of tooth loss is a reduction in one's capacity to adequately care for their remaining teeth by brushing and flossing. It can be quite difficult to maneuver your toothbrush into all of the positions necessary to efficiently remove plaque from your mouth if you have gapped teeth that are at different angles. If you have this problem, your dentist may recommend getting braces. You run the danger of developing foul breath, gum disease, and tooth decay if the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth is not removed properly.

There is an Uneven Distribution of Workload

Because of the way your mouth was constructed, each of your teeth serves a distinct purpose. For instance, your front teeth are responsible for biting into soft foods like doughnuts, while your canines are responsible for tearing tougher items like meat, and your back teeth are responsible for chewing the meal and breaking it down so that it may be readily swallowed and properly digested.

The absence of teeth creates an uneven distribution of labor in the body's otherwise efficient machine. Your remaining teeth are forced to perform the functions of the teeth that are no longer present, even though this is not something that they were intended to do in the first place. For instance, if you are missing your back teeth, you will need to eat with your front teeth rather than your back ones... due to the fact that they are not as strong as back teeth, they are more likely to sustain damage such as chipping and breaking.

Your facial characteristics are always evolving.

The form of your face is maintained by the teeth and bone in your face. When teeth start to fall out, the bone in your jaw begins to degrade, which causes your face to start looking sunken in and droopy. In addition to this, the creases in your face are more pronounced, which makes you look older and more exhausted.

Communication Difficulties

Your teeth are also a large part of the reason why you are able to produce particular sounds and correctly enunciate words. If you lose one or more of your teeth, you may find that your speech becomes slurred and that you are unable to make certain sounds, such as the sounds that are made when your tongue hits your teeth.

The Most Effective Way to Replace Teeth That Have Been Lost

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After receiving the news that you need to have a tooth extracted, you should make an appointment with our Summerlin dentist as soon as possible to discuss the many alternatives for tooth replacement.

Dental implants are considered by many to be the most effective method for replacing missing teeth. This is due to the fact that implants are just as strong as, if not stronger than, your natural grin. On the other hand, when it comes to many replacements or the restoration of the entire mouth, some people choose an alternative that is more cost-effective. We are happy to inform you that, in addition to the traditional methods of tooth replacement, there are additional alternatives to consider, and we are here to assist you in locating the solution that best accommodates your requirements as well as your financial constraints.

For instance, if you don't have enough bone to support a dental implant, you won't be able to have one. In this case, you might want to think about getting a dental bridge instead, which is a solution that is permanent, appears natural, and can last for a very long time.

A removable partial denture is an option that could be beneficial for people who are looking for a way to replace multiple teeth that is also within their financial means. This appliance stays in place by encircling your existing teeth, and it fills in the spaces in your mouth with prefabricated teeth that are designed to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Find out more about the different tooth replacement options you have.

Visit Dr. Cohan, our Summerlin dentist, to discuss the various choices available to you for the replacement of missing teeth.

Dr. Cohan and the rest of the friendly team at Summerlin Dental Solutions are excited to guide you through the steps of the procedure and make sure that you are satisfied with the end result. Give us a call right now to set up an appointment for a consultation.



Dr. Marianne Cohan was voted The Best Dentist/ Dental Office and Best Cosmetic Dentist from The Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2020 and 2021. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1992.

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With an emphasis on cosmetic dentistry, complete makeovers, and implant dentistry, Dr. Cohan is committed to continuing education and feels that we never stop learning.  Dr. Cohan takes pride in using high-powered magnification to perform minimally invasive restorative dentistry. She uses all the latest technological advances including digital radiography, digital photography, computer simulations, and high-resolution pictures of your proposed treatment on 55-inch screens.  She also utilizes CBCT (cone beam) and laser technology.

Dr. Cohan is always available to her patients and is available for any dental emergency.


851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160
851 S Rampart Blvd #230, Las Vegas, NV 89145 | (702) 341-9160