St. Paul Dental Implants Dentist Explains the Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Apr 23, 2013

Dental implants offer a great solution for the replacement of missing teeth.  The days are gone when the only options that patients had were dental crowns or bridges for hiding missing teeth.  The St. Paul Dental Implants Office also provides the superior option of dental implants that look natural and leave you with a beautiful and healthy smile.

Why should I replace missing teeth?

You may not realize it, but your teeth are constantly moving. This movement can cause surrounding teeth to drift into the empty space. This creates a domino effect that can result in severely altering the alignment of your teeth. When your teeth are poorly aligned, your bite is altered and creates the potential for more serious oral health issues:

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Teeth grinding
  • Premature wear
Missing teeth cause other problems as well, including the breakdown of your jawbone. When you have all your teeth, the natural roots help stimulate bone growth in the jaw as you chew. When teeth are missing, the bone begins to deteriorate. This deterioration changes your bite and can ultimately alter the appearance of your face.

So what are my options?

Fortunately we have more options with modern dentistry than ever before so you do have choices to prevent these long-term negative effects of tooth loss. Dental implants are the answer for many St. Paul Dental Implants Office patients seeking to replace missing teeth to keep their bite intact and prevent other problems from developing.

Not every person with a missing tooth or teeth is a perfect candidate for dental implants. If you’ve been embarrassed about your missing teeth, contact our office for a free consultation. We will be happy to review your situation and help you make the best decision about tooth replacement options.