Consequences of Missing Teeth
You probably know that there are consequences to living without teeth. Perhaps your smile doesn’t look as attractive as it once did. Maybe you instinctively put your hand in front of your mouth to hide your teeth, or avoid smiling and talking whenever possible. Missing teeth can affect your self-confidence and the way that you interact with others. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are not alone.
About 35 million people are missing teeth in one or both jaws. And the problems that result from tooth loss are not just cosmetic. When you don’t have a fully functional set of teeth, eating can be difficult sometimes next to impossible. In fact, nutritious foods such as raw foods and vegetables tend to be more difficult to bite or chew. That’s why poor dental health can lead to compromised nutrition. But there’s another serious consequence that’s not as obvious as those we’ve been talking about. You may not know it, but tooth loss leads to bone loss.
When you lose your teeth, the bone in your jaw that used to surround and support them begins to melt away. The longer your teeth are missing, the greater the bone loss. Why does this matter? First of all, your teeth and the bones that support them also hold up your facial features. When cheeks and lips lose that support, the whole face begins to take on a collapsed, aged look. That’s why toothless people often look sad. Secondly, as you lose bone, it may become more difficult for your dentist to successfully replace your missing teeth with dental implants. Substantial bone loss can increase costs and the amount of procedures needed. So what can be done about this? Plenty. Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, dental implants can be used to fully restore your smile in the most natural way possible.
Not only do implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, they are the only method of tooth replacement that can halt bone loss. This is because dental implants are usually made of titanium, which has a unique ability to fuse with living bone and deliver the needed stimulation your natural teeth once provided. Decades of research have confirmed that dental implants offer the best long-term solution for tooth replacement with a success rate over 95%! Make an appointment today to learn how dental implants can give you back your smile and improve the quality of your life!