Pasadena Texas Dental Implant Dentist Dr. Nugent:
Why Should I Replace Missing Teeth?
The Effects of Missing Teeth are Numerous. Missing teeth can be harmful to your overall oral and medical health. Also, missing teeth are often associated with old age. This is because after a tooth is lost the bone will atrophy and the cheek will collapse into the open space. Thus, missing teeth can make you look older than you really are.
Because dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth, dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can drastically improve your smile and the shape of your face. This will boost both your dental health and self-esteem.
Missing teeth will cause bite relationship problems.
Having gaps where teeth are missing will cause problems with the jaw and the how teeth bite. This is due to the fact that teeth work together to withstand the tremendous chewing forces. Also, teeth like to have neighbors front and back along with top and bottom. When a tooth is missing the remaining teeth will start to tilt into the missing space. The opposite teeth will move through the bone to try contact the missing tooth. The radically shifting teeth will cause bite problems and problems with the tempro-mandibular joint (TMJ).
The Jawbone will Deteriorate.
When a tooth is lost the bone that once supported the tooth is no longer needed. The bone will start to atrophy in a process called resorption. This resorption process continues until the bone is stimulated. The ONLY tooth replacement option that can stimulate bone is a dental implant.
Over time this resorption can cause a significant decrease in the quality of life for the patient, especially when multiple teeth are missing. As more teeth are lost it becomes more difficult to chew and problems with the TMJ can arise. Patients tend to be limited to a soft diet. This can cause nutritional deficiencies. The jaw bone continues to dissolve and can lead to physiological breakage of the jaw.
The Benefits of Replacing a Lost Tooth Immediately.
Teeth can be lost due to many reason. However, a tooth should be replaced as possible after it is lost. The best and most advanced way to replace missing teeth is with dental implants. Dental implants will preserve your dental health by stopping bone loss and shifting of the natural teeth. The dental implant is permanent and will not come out. Patients can eat whatever they like and are not embarrassed to smile.
Visit us at 3421 Burke Rd #1, Pasadena, Texas 77504. Dr. Nugent is a respected dental implant dentist. Enjoy the best that modern dentistry has to offer.