The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
When a tooth falls out or is removed, the empty space it leaves behind is automatically filled by nearby teeth. They move to take advantage of the extra space. Unfortunately, this often causes misalignment. If the teeth move far enough out of position, the results can be detrimental. Some of the most common side effects of missing teeth include:
- Wear and tear
- Clenching and grinding
- Misalignment of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint disorder)
Eventually, these problems can lead to the loss of even more teeth.
The easiest way to prevent this is to have your teeth replaced, either with dentures or, ideally, with dental implants.
Choosing Dental Implants for Tooth Replacement
Dental implants provide several advantages over dentures or other forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges. One of the most important advantages is that implants provide an artificial root. This root helps stimulate growth in the jawbone. Without this root, the bone mass in the jaw is gradually resorbed. The shape of the jaw changes over time. This can make dentures become loose, requiring modification to fit properly. It also changes the shape of the face, making the lower jaw move closer to the upper jaw, creating a “shrunken” look.
With implants, the jawbone regenerates like it would if you still had your original teeth. In addition, implants remain stationary, locked into place by the bond created between your jawbone and the titanium in the implant’s root. Implant-supported teeth feel and function just like natural teeth, so you never have to worry about them becoming dislodged or falling out, as sometimes happens with dentures. Implant dentistry provides the most state-of-the-art technology for tooth replacement, representing an investment in your long-term health and comfort.
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