Why Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants?
The Effects of Missing Teeth: Missing teeth can be detrimental to your long term dental and medical health. Missing teeth are also unfortunately associated with old age and low social/economic status. Replacing missing teeth can improve your smile, appearance, confidence and health. Teeth will start to drift and collapse into the empty tooth space.
An Off-bite Relationship
Having spaces where teeth once were affects the way your jaw closes. The remaining teeth begin to tilt and move into the empty space. This turns into a “food trap” and increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. The opposing tooth begins to grow into the missing space looking for its chewing partner. This creates a problem with your bite relationship and the beginning of jaw joint (TMJ) pain.
Jaw bone Atrophy
When a tooth is lost, the bone that supported that tooth is no longer needed. The bone starts immediately disappear. The longer the tooth is missing the greater the bone loss. Over time, the bone loss has a sizable effect effect on your dental health and can even lead to jaw bone fractures.
Benefits of Replacing a Tooth Immediately
Ideally, a tooth should be replaced as quickly as possible with a dental implant. This prevents the shifting of the adjacent teeth and avoids excessive decay. Also, the dental implant will preserve and stimulate the bone levels.
Dental Implants can be used for different therapies:
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