Why is it important to replace missing teeth?
Missing teeth create multiple problems when it comes to your oral health.
A healthy smile depends on having healthy teeth in appropriate alignment. When you lose a tooth, it knocks that alignment out balance. This often leads to problems like joint pain, clenching and grinding, and excessive wear.
Missing teeth also lead to neighboring teeth shifting and tilting into the open space, which also causes problems with your alignment.
You’re likely to avoid eating fresh healthy foods, which damages your overall health. Plus, you are likely to face social stigma, which can make social and professional engagements awkward and uncomfortable, damaging your self-esteem and self-confidence.
One of the biggest problems with missing teeth, though, is that they set off a chain reaction of damage in your mouth. When you lose a tooth, your body stops sending the necessary nutrients to the bone beneath. Without these nutrients, the bone starts to fail, becoming weaker and diminished. Neighboring teeth, which have probably already started shifting, are likely to become loose themselves and may eventually be lost, expanding the problem.
While tooth replacements can solve the esthetic challenges and alignment issues, only dental implants solve the problem of bone loss – just one of the reasons why they have become the gold standard when it comes to tooth replacement.