While replacing a missing tooth may seem like a solely cosmetic procedure, choosing not to fill the gap is a big mistake that can lead to significant problems. Every tooth in your mouth plays a vital role in your dental health and general well-being; and a missing tooth can make it hard to bite, chew, and speak, and change the look of your face and smile.
Dental implants are the closest tooth replacement option to having your natural teeth back. They provide superior stability and help to prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Implants can also save your smile by:
- Securing partial or full dentures, enhancing their stability
- Providing a permanent anchor for replacement teeth
- Saving your bone structure and supporting your face and lips so you have a more youthful look
Dangers of gaps between your teeth
Spaces between your teeth can make the underlying jawbone diminish, causing adjacent teeth to shift from their original position. This results in gaps between other teeth, making it difficult to properly brush and floss those areas of your mouth. Ultimately, gum disease sets in, leading to dental caries and additional tooth loss.
The bone structure beneath your gums needs constant stimulation to maintain its form and density. Unfortunately, none of the other tooth replacement options, namely bridges and dentures, offer bone stimulation. So, your bone tissue will continue to wear away, distorting your facial structure and smile.
Dental implants are bonded to your jawbone, so they’re incredibly strong and steady, improving the stability of your mouth. They help maintain bone density, so you retain your natural face shape and smile. Additionally, they have a completely natural look and aesthetic appeal, so no one will be able to notice any changes in your look and smile.
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Though there are other tooth replacement options like bridgework and dentures, dental implants are the only ones that can restore your mouth to its normal full function. To determine whether you are eligible for implant placement, please visit your dentist for a professional assessment of your case.