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The Negative Effects of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can affect your life in more ways than you might expect. Fortunately, dental implants, an innovative tooth restoration method offered by your Prior Lake, MN, dentist, Dr. Tom Morgan of Babcock & Morgan Family Dental, offers a long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. Dr. Morgan treats patients in Savage, Shakopee, and New Prague, MN, in addition to Prior Lake.

How your life can change after tooth loss

Losing one or more teeth can affect:

  • Your Smile: The change to your smile is the most dramatic and noticeable effect of tooth loss. The loss of even one tooth can affect your self-esteem and make you long for the days when you had a full smile. Restoring missing teeth will help you feel more confident about your appearance.
  • Eating: Every tooth has a role when it comes to eating. Some teeth tear food, while others grind or crush it. When key teeth are missing, you may not be able to chew food thoroughly, which can lead to an upset stomach. Chewing difficulties can also increase your risk of choking. If you've given up some types of foods after tooth loss, you may not receive all of the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
  • Speech: Your teeth help you pronounce certain sounds. If you don't replace missing teeth, you may slur or mispronounce words, which can lead to communication problems. Restoring lost teeth is a simple way to improve your speech.

Dental implants offer an excellent solution if you've lost teeth

Dental implants completely restore missing teeth, unlike other restorations that only replace the crowns (tops) of teeth. Implants are tiny titanium posts that replace your natural tooth roots. The posts bond to your jawbone and are attached to dental crowns. Your new tooth looks and feels natural. Thanks to your new roots, you won't notice any change in your ability to bite and chew. With proper care and regular visits to the Prior Lake, MN, dental office, your dental implants can last for a lifetime.

Implants are an option no matter how many teeth you've lost. In fact, you can even connect dentures to dental implants. Implant-supported dentures can be attached to as few as four implants per denture.

Are you ready to improve your smile with dental implants? If you live in the New Prague, Savage, Shakopee, or Prior Lake, MN, areas, call Dr. Morgan of Babcock & Morgan Family Dental at (952) 447-4611 to schedule your appointment.

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