What happens when you lose a tooth?
You may notice a difference in your smile, ability to eat and self-confidence. The effects of tooth loss vary and depend on what has been lost. If you've lost a crown, you have lost the visible part of your tooth. If you have lost the root as well, you have lost the unseen and most vital part of your tooth. The root anchors the tooth to your jawbone providing support for the crown. Without the root, the bone around the missing tooth will shrink. As a result, remaining teeth will shift, nerves may become more difficult and painful. If the missing root is replaced by dental implant, the bone is preserved and the negative results of tooth loss are eliminated.
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