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Can Replacing a Single Missing Tooth Improve Your Health? Marietta, GA

Can Replacing a Single Missing Tooth Improve Your Health?

Dental Patient Marietta GA

It’s easy for patients to seek restorative dentistry when a tooth goes missing in the front of their smile. However, missing teeth can compromise a lot more than just aesthetics. In fact, a single missing tooth can impact your overall health. Here are some leading reasons why you need to replace a missing tooth – even if it is in the very back of your mouth.

Decreased Functionality/Chewing

One of the most predictable drawbacks of a missing tooth is limited function. Our teeth are primarily used to chew and eat. That back molar that was lost will be greatly missed when chewing proteins and fibrous fruits and vegetables. While you will probably be able to get the job done, it may cause excess wear on one side of your mouth over time, which can affect the opposing teeth and jaw joint.

Risk of Diseased Gums, Decay and Jaw Problems

It only takes one gap in your smile to cause the adjacent teeth to shift or migrate into the open space. This leads to misalignment within your smile, which can make it more difficult to keep your teeth and gums clean. Beyond cavities and periodontal disease, you may also experience discomfort and inflammation within your jaw joint (TMJ) due to your misaligned bite.

We know that oral health is closely linked with body health. The infections and bacteria that linger in your mouth can impact other major systems in your body, including your heart! That single missing molar that you thought was harmless in the back of your mouth can become a serious threat to your whole-body health in some cases.

Aged Facial Structure

A full set of teeth also supports the jaw and lips. When teeth are absent, your facial structure can change for the worse. You may notice sagging lips or hallowing of your lower face. When there is not a full set of tooth roots to stimulate your jaw, it can lose density and form over time. Dental implants are the only way to prevent bone loss that occurs with missing teeth.

At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we welcome the opportunity to discuss your options in teeth replacement. Our menu of restorative dentistry services includes the gold standard solution of dental implants. Call today to book your consult and complete your smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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