The Consequences of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects over 120 million Americans. Beyond creating gaps in your smile, tooth loss can impact your health in a variety of different ways.
Explore our guide to learn about the consequences of tooth loss and how dental implants can help you.
Loss of functionality.
Tooth loss can determine what you eat and how you speak. When you’re missing teeth, the strength of your bite is affected and you may find it difficult to chew some of your favorite foods. Tooth loss can also cause you to slur your words, interfering with your ability to communicate..
Dental implants fuse directly with your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root in a process called osseointegration. Once we top your implant with a durable porcelain crown, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and speak with total confidence.
Weakening of the jawbone.
When you lose a tooth, that area of your jawbone loses its source of stimulation. This causes your bone tissue to rapidly deteriorate, eventually leading your surrounding teeth to shift.
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that stimulates healthy jawbone growth, protecting your long-term health in addition to restoring your smile.
Missing teeth can make it hard to feel confident. You may begin to feel embarrassed or ashamed of your smile, hurting your ability to socialize and make new friends.
Dental implants are customized to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance. With proper care, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for the rest of your life.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
When you feel embarrassed to smile, it has a negative effect on your overall mood. You may begin to feel anxious and even depressed over time. This is because smiling plays an important role in your brain chemistry, releasing chemicals called endorphins that help you feel happy and relaxed.
Dental implants offer a natural-looking, permanent solution for missing teeth that will encourage you to smile more often.