Remember when you were younger and some of your teeth started to wiggle out of place? Well, a normal part of the aging process is losing of your “baby” teeth, also known as your primary teeth, to make room for your permanent adult teeth. However, when a permanent tooth begins to wiggle and fall out during adulthood, you are in for a problem. Tooth loss can happen for a few different reasons like dental disease, congenital absence, trauma or a mechanical failure (tooth lacks support from other teeth that causes structural stress). At any rate, tooth loss can become a serious problem if it’s not address immediately. With that said, here are some of the top reasons why you need to replace your missing teeth with dental implants.
1. Compromised Chewing Efficiency
One of the main functions of your teeth is to chew the food and if you are missing a tooth, your chewing efficiency is compromised. This means you may not be able to chew properly or as comfortably as you used to and it can make eating much more difficult. For instance, any food you eat could become lodged into the space where you tooth was and it can be a painful experience if the food impacts the tender gum line.
2. Drifting Of Adjacent Teeth
A missing tooth can throw your entire mouth out of alignment because the surrounding teeth may begin to drift into the open space of the missing tooth. This can have a rippling effect along all your teeth and could result in a crooked smile. Additionally, as the surrounding teeth start to shift out of their original position, it can cause you discomfort and present a plethora of new problems with the remaining teeth.
3. Affects Your Appearance
Did you know that missing teeth can disturb your jaw bone and make your face appear older and wrinkly? This can happen because you may not be able to fully stabilize your lips and checks from the inside. When the gum and jaw bone are no longer stimulated by the tooth, it starts to shrink and your gums begin to recede.
4. Increased Risk Of Periodontal Disease
Mentioned above, the efficiency of chewing food will become compromised due to a missing tooth but it also increases your risk of periodontal (gum) disease in the surrounding areas. Bacteria and plaque can cause an inflammation around the gums, also known as gingivitis, which results in red and swollen gums that can easily bleed. When it progresses, it can advance to periodontitis and that’s when the gums start to pull away from the teeth and form pockets that become infected. This can cause a domino effect where the surrounding teeth can become loose and fall out.
These are just some of the reasons why missing teeth must be replaced by dental implants. For a brief explanation, dental implants replace the root of a tooth, which is secured in the jawbone and not visible once it is surgically placed. Following, a dental crown is secured on the implant that looks, functions and feels just like a natural tooth and serves as a permanent replacement. The dental implant is made of lightweight titanium alloys that are safe and biocompatible with the body, while the crown can consist of stainless steel, metal such as gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin or ceramic.
Are you ready to visit your dentist for a dental implant to replace your missing tooth?