The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
The immediate consequences of losing a tooth are obvious: a space between your teeth affects the beauty of your smile and can impair your ability to chew and speak with ease. However, there are long-term consequences of losing a tooth if it is not replaced in a timely fashion – and these consequences go beyond simply cosmetic concerns.
When there is a gap between your teeth as the result of a missing tooth, you may be at an increased risk for health concerns such as:
- Periodontal disease
- Movement of adjacent teeth
- Additional tooth loss
- Bone loss
While traditional dentures or bridges can replace missing teeth and prevent some of these additional health concerns from developing, dental implants can serve as the best protection against bone loss. A dental implant uses a small titanium post placed into the bone. When this artificial tooth root fuses to the jawbone, the new tooth benefits from exceptional support, and the jawbone can receive the continued stimulation it needs to stay healthy. Implant-supported teeth most closely mimic the form and function of a natural tooth.
To discover if you are a candidate for dental implants, please contact us today and schedule a consultation.