That gap in your smile from a missing tooth is more than just a cosmetic flaw or embarrassment. In fact, that seemingly harmless gap can cause a variety of oral health issues that could eventually require expensive treatment. Here are three ways missing teeth can harm your oral health, and how dental implants can help.
- Speech Issues
Missing teeth can hamper your ability so speak clearly, especially if they’re located near the front of your mouth. Many people don’t realize teeth play such a vital role in proper speech until they lose one or more teeth. Dental implants are a great remedy for speech issues caused by missing teeth because they fill in tooth gaps and make it easier to speak clearly and effortlessly.
- Bone Loss
Bone loss is one of the most serious negative consequences of leaving missing teeth untreated. Many people do not realize that the health of their jaw bone is closely linked to their tooth roots. Normally, tooth roots stimulate the jaw and encourage bone health every time you bite down. In cases of tooth loss, however, the roots are no longer there to provide the stimulation the jaw bone needs. Dental implant posts fill the role of tooth roots by stimulating the jaw from their position inside the bone. This stimulation prevents bone degradation associated with tooth loss.
- Bite Irregularities
Missing one or more teeth can cause irregularities in your bite. Over time, these irregularities can lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms like headaches, unnatural tooth wear, sensitivity and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). If you’re already experiencing bite irregularities due to tooth loss, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Improve Your Oral Health Today
Dental implants can improve your oral health and restore your dental function. To find out if you’re a candidate for implant placement, schedule your appointment with Dr. Candace Colella by calling Colella Cosmetic Dentistry today.