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I’m Missing One Tooth in Bothell—Do I Need a Dental Implant?

December 11, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drhsue @ 10:22 pm

Illustration of dental implant.Dental implants have the ability to restore smiles in the most natural looking and feeling way possible. This can boost your confidence, self-esteem, and even make it easier for you to enjoy some of the more hard-to-eat foods. But, if you’re just missing one tooth that’s not even visible in your smile, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to make your grin whole once more. Keep reading to find out why tooth replacement with a dental implant is important even if you’re just missing one tooth in Bothell.

Drifting Teeth

Your teeth are attached to your bone and supported by tiny ligaments that allow your teeth to move in small increments. Typically, this is great because an orthodontist can correct your smile if it’s misaligned. But, if you’re missing a tooth, the adjacent teeth may start to drift out of place. This not only creates a less attractive smile, but it can affect your bite as well.

Issues with Hygiene

The potential misalignment caused by your missing tooth can make it a lot harder to properly brush and floss your teeth. This leads to increased risk of dental issues like cavities, decay, and gum disease.

More Wear and Tear

The bite issues that may result from not replacing a missing tooth can cause more pressure to be placed on certain parts of your smile when chewing. This can put extra wear and tear on your teeth, which erodes enamel and leads to tooth sensitivity.


If you lose a tooth in the bottom part of your mouth, the tooth right above it can overerupt. This means that it extends too far from the gumline. This exposes more of your tooth root, leaving it more susceptible to sensitivity when eating or drinking extremely hot or cold items. In dramatic cases, the tooth can even fall out completely.

Nutritional Problems

If your missing tooth is affecting your diet, it could have a negative impact on your overall health. Sometimes, a missing tooth can make it harder for you to properly chew your food, limiting your diet to softer meals and snacks. This can lead to change in weight and other complications with your health.

Thankfully, dental implants in Bothell have the ability to give you a beautiful and healthy smile without any of these issues. Talk to your dentist to get started on completing your smile to talk, laugh, chew, and clean your pearly whites with confidence!

Meet the Dentist

A graduate of the Boston University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Henry Hsue is a highly-trained dentist who has a passion for providing the best care possible. He takes pride in offering dental implants to restore patients smiles to their full health and beauty. He currently practices at Annigan Dental, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (425) 492-6898 for any questions.

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