Losing teeth may not seem like that big of a deal. After all, millions of Americans spend a large portion of their lives with missing teeth. However, there are many hidden consequences of losing teeth that most people either aren’t aware of or don’t take into consideration when they do lose a tooth.
So let’s take a look at the effects of missing teeth and what can be done to reverse that damage.
Obviously, missing teeth have a huge effect on how your smile looks. But what you may not know is that, according to a wealth of research, a good healthy smile correlates directly to higher self-esteem. A full smile has even been proven to help people perform better during job interviews.
When you lose a tooth, the alveolar bone (the well-like structure which surrounds and supports each tooth in your mouth) loses 25% of its width within one year. That causes loss of facial support, creating the stereotypical sunken cheeks and lips often associated with elderly people who forgot to put their dentures in that morning. Tooth loss also puts your jawbone at a higher risk for fractures, as well as drastically changing the structure of your face.
Increased risk of other health problems
A strong correlation has been shown between missing teeth and various health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease. The mechanism behind these associations is unknown, but is likely to relate to periodontal disease.
How is this treated?
The best way to treat missing teeth is by receiving dental implants in Ballwin, MO. Our office specializes in dental implants and can help you restore your smile to its former glory.
Dental implants are the best option for tooth replacement for a number of reasons. The biggest reason dental implants are so often recommended, including by this office, is due to the fact that they require so little maintenance and look incredibly real. Only other dentists will be able to tell that your implants aren’t real teeth. All you have to do in order to take care of your implants is what you’d normally do for your teeth – flossing, brushing, and regular dental visits. Implants will last a lifetime as long as you take care of them. You don’t have to get them refitted, use adhesive cream, or clean them as you would a pair of dentures.
In addition to these benefits, dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that also replaces the tooth root, which stimulates the bone and encourages it to maintain its mass.
Tooth loss may not seem serious on the surface, but it is a problem that can lead to serious health issues if left untreated. If you need more information about implants and tooth loss, contact us today.