Many adults at one time or another will lose a tooth or even all of their teeth due to age, neglect, gum disease or trauma. Missing teeth can adversely affect a person’s smile, facial appearance, self-esteem and their quality of life. These are all important reasons to replace missing teeth. However, a more significant reason is the fact that the effects of missing teeth can be harmful to your long term dental and medical health. Having gaps where teeth are missing can cause your teeth to shift. This will alter your bite leading to long-lasting jaw pain. Missing teeth leave openings where food, plaque and bacteria can become trapped, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. Also, when teeth are lost the bone that once supported the teeth will disappear. This bone loss continues forever and will lead to jawbone deterioration and lead to noticeable facial contour changes. This bone loss will drastically affect your facial structure and give you a pre-mature elderly appearance. Lastly, tooth loss leads to poor nutrition as certain foods become difficult to chew and eat.
Tooth Loss and Teeth Drifting
Periodontal Disease and Decay
Replace a Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant
A dental implant is an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. Implants have numerous advantages over old fashioned bridges or removable dentures. Different a fixed bridge, a dental implant does not require cutting down adjacent teeth and therefore does not adversely affect the health of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Unlike removable dentures, dental implants do not need metal clasps to be placed around the healthy adjacent teeth for support. Removable dentures require you to have bulky plastic covering the roof of your mouth. This unwieldy plastic is annoying to your tongue and alters that taste of food. Dental implants are fixed in place. Thus you do not have to worry about them slipping or clicking as with dentures.
Dangers of a Three Unit Bridge
Single Dental Implant
Another reason that a dental implant is a perfect answer to replace a single missing tooth is the fact that a dental implant keeps the bone in the jaw intact. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement options that stimulates and preserves the jaw bone. A dental implant will never get decay and will never need a root canal. Finally, a dental implant is much easier to clean as compared to a bridge.
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