Having a full smile with no teeth missing is necessary for ultimate dental health, as there are a number of issues created by the absence of teeth, or even a single tooth in the mouth.
This is what makes dental implants such a popular restorative procedure among people with missing teeth. With an up to 98% success rate, dental implants truly are the premiere choice of tooth replacement available today.
With that being said, there are four significant dental issues that patients can experience after losing one or several of their natural teeth, that can each be successfully prevented with a dental implant restoration.
These major dental problems are:
After a person loses a tooth, over time, they will also begin to lose jaw bone mass in the area that once supported a tooth root. This is due to the fact that there is no longer stimulation in that area to sustain the bone. Unfortunately, this often leads to a noticeably “aged” or “shrunken” facial appearance and structure.
The good news is, however, that a dental implant restoration replaces the natural tooth root that was once in place - providing the necessary stimulation to the jaw to prevent any further bone loss from occurring.
When a tooth is lost, it creates a gap or space in the mouth that adjacent teeth are often inclined to shift to. This is quite a major problem, as the whole bite can be affected by even a single shifted tooth - leading to issues with biting down comfortably.
Luckily, dental implants prevent this problem by ensuring there are no gaps in the smile for any of this funny business to occur.
Having one or several missing teeth can make it quite difficult to chew and digest food properly. The front teeth play a vital role in breaking off bites of food, while the back teeth and molars are necessary for grinding up solid foods for proper digestion.
Fortunately, dental implants are strong, permanent, and feel virtually indistinguishable from that of a natural tooth - allowing patients to bite and chew with ease as they always did.
Last, but certainly not least, speech issues are commonly caused by missing teeth - as having these spaces in the mouth can make it difficult to pronounce certain words. Issues like whistling and spitting are also a possibility with absent teeth.
A stable restoration that can last a lifetime, dental implants ensure that you can speak with confidence and ease.
Our experienced dentist Dr. Maureen Fenn would be pleased to help!
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