Do you think that it is okay to have a tooth extracted and not replace it? How about if it is a back tooth that people cannot see? The loss of even one tooth can change the way you look, the way you talk, and your ability to get proper nutrition. Take our quiz and test your knowledge of tooth loss in Miami, FL.

True or False?
1. Having one missing tooth will not affect any other teeth.
2. Losing a tooth will not affect bone health.
3. Dental implants are a permanent restoration.
4. A change in your bite can result in painful Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder.
5. Tooth loss can only be restored with dentures or implants.
6. Dental implants, like dentures, must be removed and cleaned.

How Did You Do?
1. False. Leaving a large gap will cause the surrounding teeth to move and shift, changing both the appearance and bite.
2. False. Your tooth root stimulates the jaw bone, keeping it healthy. When the root is lost or extracted, your bone begins to deteriorate at a rapid pace.
3. True. Implants, over time, fuse to your existing bone. This process provides the stability that implants are known for.
4. True. The movement of your teeth, caused by tooth loss, can negatively impact your bite, creating jaw pain.
5. False. There are other tooth restoration methods, though they use these options as foundations. Implant supported dentures, for example, are prosthetics secured onto four implant posts to give you greater stability and strength.
6. False. Unlike dentures, dental implants are made to be permanent. They are brushed and flossed just like your natural teeth.

 If you did not do well, do not feel badly. Most people are not experts on tooth restoration. The specialists at South Florida Periodontics and Dental Implants, however, do have the answers you need. For a consultation on dental implants and tooth loss Miami, FL, call our office now and discuss your concerns with Doctor Scott B. Ross and Bradley A. Ross.