According to the Allure Dental Center in Mountain View, Dental Implants are the defense against missing teeth, and best of all, dental implants are strong and permanent, just like your natural teeth.
Unlike tooth supported bridges and dentures, dental implants fuse to the jawbone giving you a strong and sturdy support base.
When you lose a tooth, you may not think that it is serious, especially if it is in the back, however long-term tooth loss can be quite problematic. Besides the obvious esthetics, losing a tooth can make you appear gaunt because of lack of support. Other issues that can occur with missing teeth include hyper-eruption, speech defects, gum disease, malocclusion, and TMD.
To help understand, Dr. Suzanna Lee and Dr. Trinh Lee from the Allure Dental Center in Mountain View explain that when you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth will drift until they hit something, that something is usually one of your other teeth. Your adjacent teeth will also try to move into the space that was left by your missing tooth. Your remaining teeth can rotate, tip, and have a negative effect on your bite. Known as malocclusion the condition can be so serious that it can put strain on your TMJ.
The joints that allow you to move your jaw are known as temporomandibular jaw joints, Located on both sides of your jaw, the joints can be affected if you have a TMJ disorder. TMJ can even cause your jaws to lock when talking or eating. When you lose a tooth, it can cause you to exert pressure on the other side. Missing teeth can cause undue stress on your TMJ.
If you lose a back tooth, it will affect the way you eat. Because you are missing a tooth, you will be more inclined to chew on the other side because there are more teeth to chew with. This can lead to additional force on the teeth on the opposite side, which can cause additional breakages and lost fillings.
If you are missing a tooth that normally comes together when you bite or chew, you are at a greater risk of hypereruption. This happens when the opposite tooth to the missing space tries to come in more to fill the gap. This can cause root decay, gum problems, and sensitive teeth. The tipping and rotating as mentioned above can also cause periodontal issues.
Your teeth work as a team and if one is missing, it could affect the way you talk. Your speech is complex and involves your cheeks, lips, tongue, and your teeth. If you lose one or more teeth, you will have a tough time talking. The more teeth you lose, the harder it will be to get the word out.
Missing teeth are more than cosmetic, and if you are looking for an alternative to dental bridges or dentures, call our office and make an appointment for a no obligation dental implant consultation with the team from the Allure Dental Center in Mountain View today.