Did you know that nearly half of all adult Americans are missing at least one tooth? Causes can vary, with tooth loss resulting from gum disease, injury, severe decay, or other factors. Regardless of the cause, it is essential to replace missing teeth as soon as possible to ensure optimal oral health moving forward.

Missing teeth can be inconvenient or embarrassing. While teeth are obviously important to be able to bite and chew food comfortably, they are also essential for normal speech patterns. It can also be embarrassing if there are gaps in your smile.

But the impact of missing teeth goes beyond this. When a tooth is lost, it has a tremendous effect on the teeth around it. Over time, any remaining teeth will gradually shift their positions to fill the gap. This process can result in changes to your bite, possibly leading to jaw issues or tooth wear.

If you have lost teeth to injury, decay, or other causes, talk with Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton about your options for teeth replacement in Lawrence, Kansas. At Lawrence Periodontics, LLC, we offer various dental implant options, including single teeth, implant-supported bridges or partials, and even full-arch systems. Call us at 785-312-3820 to schedule your appointment with our experienced periodontist today!