While there is no reason to be ashamed of a missing tooth, a missing tooth can negatively affect you in many ways.
Perhaps most obvious, it degrades the look of your smile when you speak, eat, laugh, or drink.
Losing teeth can also make it difficult to chew properly. Finally, a missing tooth can lead to other teeth shifting and bone loss in the jaw.
This is why DonEast Supreme Dental always recommends that you replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. And while there are multiple options for tooth replacement, including bridges and dentures, dental implants are the standard by which other tooth replacement options are judged.
Let’s take a look at some of the reasons we recommend them!
How Missing Teeth Hurt Your Dental And Overall Health
Many people believe that the main problem associated with missing teeth is the adverse effects they have on your aesthetics, but this belief is wrong.
Missing teeth represent a long-term threat to your oral and overall health.
Bone resorption or bone loss is a common syndrome associated with missing teeth. Bone loss occurs once a tooth is missing because the tooth roots that are embedded in the jawbone are no longer there to stimulate bone growth.
This not only leads to the risk of losing more teeth but it can also harm your appearance, causing your face to sag and droop.
Missing teeth can limit your ability to eat some foods, which can lead to worsened health. Missing teeth can also damage the way you speak. You may develop a speech impediment, or the sound of your voice may change.
Missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and tooth decay as the pocket where the tooth once sat turns into a trap that catches plaque that can result in gum disease. Finally, surrounding teeth may begin to move into the gap left by a missing tooth, causing orthodontic issues.
While replacements like bridges and dentures can address some of these issues, nothing treats them as thoroughly as dental implants. Let’s take a look at how they help!
Five Good Reasons To Get Dental Implants To Replace Missing Teeth
Natural look and comfortable fit. Dental implants are designed and manufactured to feel, function, and look like your teeth. In addition, they restore the confidence to eat, smile, and engage in normal social activities without worrying about their appearance or if they will fall out, as dentures can do.
Once your replacement teeth are on top of your implants, it is nearly impossible to differentiate the implanted tooth from the natural ones. Even better, they provide a similar function and come to feel completely natural in your mouth.
Long-lasting and trustworthy. With proper care and maintenance, implants can last a lifetime. The first patient to receive ‘modern’ dental implants still had them in place when he died, some 40 years later.
High success rate. Dental implants generally survive as long or longer than other teeth replacement appliances. As a bonus, while dental implants can be affected by gum disease, they are not susceptible to cavities and never need expensive treatments like root canal treatment.
Restored ability to chew and eat. Dental implants are anchored in your jawbone by a process called osseointegration. Over time this helps preserve the jawbone and significantly reduces bone loss.
Replacing missing teeth with implants (as opposed to dentures) allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly. Many times people with dentures, damaged teeth, or even bridges and crowns, choose foods that are easier to chew, rather than options that might be healthier.
Missing teeth can make it painful and even impossible to enjoy healthy foods, and thus limit our diet in ways that are unhealthy.
One of the fabulous benefits of dental implants is they perform just like natural teeth, and with proper care and regular checkups at Ria, can help you to enjoy delicious and healthy meals for the rest of your life.
Improved facial and bone features. Dental implants preserve natural tooth material – unlike bridges, implants do not require the need to cut down adjacent teeth support. They also maintain bone and significantly reduce bone deterioration that causes loss of jawbone height.
As jawbone height is lost, the muscles, fat, and skin that sit on them begin to sag and droop, creating an aesthetically unpleasing and prematurely aging effect on your appearance.
The DonEast Supreme Dental Difference
At DonEast Supreme Dental, we treat you like family – we treat our patients just as we would like to be treated ourselves. We offer the highest quality, caring dentistry in the Doncaster area.
We provide an extensive range of dental services including preventative dentistry, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dental options; and we offer them during extended evening and weekend hours.
For more information about Dental Implants call us on (03) 9842 1475 or visit us at 062 Doncaster Road in Doncaster East.