The answer to this is often dentures. You might think if you're only missing a few teeth, it's not that big of a deal. The truth is, it is a big deal, and your missing teeth should be replaced, and the way to do that is by dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?Implants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed in your jaw. The rods act as roots, and provide an anchor for your replacement teeth. Implants can be used to support any number of teeth, from one to a full arch.
Missing Teeth Affect EatingEven if you are only missing a couple of teeth, your ability to eat can be affected. Your front teeth are required for biting into food, and your molars required for chewing. Without any number of front teeth, you may find it harder to take bites, while missing molars can make chewing difficult, and food may get stuck in the space.
Bone LossWhen you lose a tooth, the root is no longer in your jaw. The root stimulates your jaw, and sends signals to your body that it requires nutrients to keep the bone strong. Without that stimulation, your body stops sending nutrients to that area. Eventually, your jawbone begins to deteriorate. Even if you have teeth around the empty space, the integrity of the bone that supports them can be compromised, leading to further tooth loss. An implant replaces the missing root and has been shown to slow, and even stop, bone loss.
Shifting TeethAs your jawbone begins to deteriorate, your surrounding healthy teeth are at risk. If they don't fall out, they can shift from their natural position. When this happens, your bite is thrown off. Your teeth could begin to suffer unnecessary wear and you could also suffer from jaw pain. Dental implants hold the space of your missing teeth, and keep your natural ones in place.
Missing teeth can age you beyond your years. You may also be self-conscious about it. However, dental implants look just like natural teeth, giving you back your great smile and a more youthful appearance.
Don't ignore a few missing teeth. Contact our office about dental implants today.