Missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness. But, the impact missing teeth have on the way you look is a secondary issue to the impact they have on your oral health. There are a number of options-both removable and permanent-that can help you restore your smile and protect your oral health if you have missing teeth. One option for permanently replacing missing teeth is dental implants.
Long-term implications of missing teeth
Missing teeth impact how you look and likely how you feel about your smile. It is important to feel confident when you smile, laugh, and talk to others. But, this is not the biggest issue that missing teeth can cause. Losing a tooth and leaving it untreated can create problems for you in the long-run. Surrounding teeth will often start shifting when a tooth is lost. This can lead to problems with your bite as your teeth crowd closer together. In addition, losing a tooth means the loss of the structure provided by the roots. This can lead to deterioration of bone mass in your jaw. Losing bone mass can lead to additional tooth loss and eventually impact the structure of your face. The potential problems created by having missing teeth can help you understand the true value of a permanent solution like dental implants.
How dental implants restore your smile and protect your oral health
Improvements in technology and materials have led to the creation of dental implants that look and feel natural. Having one missing tooth replaced with an implant has the ability to completely transform your smile. In addition, the way dental implants are surgically implanted into your jawbone is beneficial for your overall oral health. They are implanted below the gums and fuse with the jawbone. This adds stability to your mouth where the missing tooth once was. Once the implants are in, your other teeth will not have the room to move and crowd like they did when there was open space. This can prevent issues with your bite as well as additional orthodontic work in the future.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for people who are missing teeth. The potential negative consequences of living with missing teeth should prompt you to take action on this issue. Dental implants can work wonders for your smile and your oral health. If you have teeth that are missing the first step toward getting dental implants is to schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area. In Gettysburg, PA you can get help with dental implants and a wide range of other oral care needs at Samuels Dental Arts. If you want to learn more about dental implants and other cosmetic procedures, visit the Samuels Dental Arts blog.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.