Missing a tooth or two (or more) can be more than just a cosmetic flaw. Rather, missing multiple teeth has negative consequences on oral health, including interfering with how you talk, eat, and live. If you have multiple missing teeth, it might be time for dental implants.
As we age, we can begin to experience a number of health problems. Unfortunately, this can include dental health problems, too. Harvard Health explains that older individuals suffer higher rates of gum disease, dental decay, oral cancer, and mouth infections that can all result in tooth loss. Our teeth are strong and can endure a lot, but a lifetime of crunching, grinding, and exposure to acidic foods and drinks can weaken the enamel and make our teeth more vulnerable.
In addition to our teeth weakening over time, they explain, the gums can also become more prone to infection. In fact, gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in older adults. While age itself isn’t a cause, it does begin when plaque builds up at the gumline and gets worse. If you’re not visiting the dentist, gum disease can go undetected for years, leading to more severe issues later in life.
We’re meant to live and experience life with all of our teeth. When we don’t have all of our teeth, it can affect the way our jaw functions, create bite issues, and even affect the way we eat and speak. Gaps in our smile can also allow the neighboring teeth to shift, creating further alignment issues and allowing the remaining teeth to wear down much sooner than they’re supposed to. If teeth shift too close together, it’s more likely that you’ll also begin to experience tooth decay and infection as these spaces are harder to clean.
When it comes to missing teeth, there are several negative consequences it can have on your oral health and self esteem. The American Academy of Periodontology explains that missing teeth affects the esthetics of your face. Not only does it mean that you have gaps in your smile, but if you’re missing too many teeth you can begin to experience sagging skin around the mouth. Further, when a person is missing teeth, they begin to have a more difficult time chewing and even speaking. People who are missing one or more teeth often also relate to the emotional toll it has on self -esteem.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth as they are natural looking, strong and secure. In many cases, your dental implant might even be stronger than a natural tooth would be.
In this procedure, we will place a titanium post into your jawbone. This will secure the tooth in your mouth. Afterwards, we will place a prosthetic tooth into the post where it will stay for years to come. Depending on your oral health, you may receive your dental post in one appointment and the dental crown (tooth) in a separate appointment to allow the post to securely set into the jawbone.
One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they are very realistic and durable, so you don’t have to worry about your teeth for many years. Further, dental implants are stronger than natural teeth and can last up to 20 years for many patients. They are preferred over bridges because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support which can weaken these teeth over time. Other benefits to consider are that dental implants:
Even though a dental implant is not a real tooth, it still has to have the same cleaning and care as you have with your normal teeth. The better you take care of your dental implant, the longer the lifespan it will have. With your missing teeth and gaps out of the way, dental implants greatly improve your health and put you on the road to better speech, better nutrition, and improved confidence from a complete smile.
If you have gaps in your smile and want to learn more about dental implants, make an appointment to come talk with Dr. Robert Berry and our team at Mountain Aire Dentistry today: (303)-731-7755.
When you visit our Broomfield dental office, your smile is our top priority. Our Dentists invite you to experience the difference a warm and caring team can provide for you and your family. Enjoy a unique and comfortable dental experience designed to bring a healthier and happier smile back into your life. We invite you to call or visit our Broomfield dental office and discover the exceptional difference we offer to those we serve.