Dental Health Problems Caused by Not Replacing Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
When you have missing teeth, you may treat the issue as one that is purely visual. Every time you smile, you are very aware that your smile is incomplete. The truth about your missing teeth is that it is not only an aesthetic issue but one that can result in pretty serious dental health issues. Although there are a number of treatments available to those with missing teeth, dental implants are widely accepted as the most durable option available. Dr. Janet Stopka and her team at Janet S. Stopka DDS, PC, offer dental implants to patients in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
When Dr. Stopka examines a patient’s teeth and sees that they are missing a tooth (or teeth), she begins discussing options. It is best to act sooner than later to replace missing teeth. Here are some issues you may face if you do not choose to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant.
When a gap is created by a missing tooth, over time, teeth on either side of the gap can begin to shift. When teeth begin to shift into this gap, it creates new gaps into which more teeth can begin to shift. Over time, this can result in a smile that is unattractive and, even worse, a mouth that’s less functional. When your teeth are not symmetrical or properly aligned, it can create issues such as trouble chewing. When you have trouble chewing, it will affect your nutrient absorption as well as digestion.
Your jawbone depends on the blood flow and stimulation created by the roots of your teeth. When a tooth is lost, that root is gone. The stimulation and blood flow that once existed are now also gone. Over time, without these, your jawbone can begin to deteriorate. You can imagine the issues this can cause. These issues will not just be aesthetic but functional issues as well. When you have jawbone deterioration, your face can take on a sunken look.