Having missing teeth does more than just affect your appearance. When you lose teeth either to breakage or extraction, it is important that you replace the missing teeth with some type of appliance. Dental implants are by far the best choice for replacing missing teeth for several reasons.
Prevents Bone and Tissue Loss
When you have a missing tooth, it can cause you to have bone loss in the jaw as well as tissue loss in the gums. Both of these problems can cause sinking of the facial features over time, further affecting your appearance. Bone loss and tissue loss can also result in loose teeth around the gap left by the missing tooth. This can result in even more dental work and the potential for more missing teeth.
Durable and Long Lasting
Most dental appliances such as spacers, partials, or dentures must be replaced every 8 to 10 years, if not sooner. On the other hand, dental implants last at least 20 years with a porcelain crown. The screw of the implant is permanently imbedded in your jaw bone, and never has to be replaced. Only the crown may need replacement after 20 years or so.
Prevents Changes in Bite
It is important that your natural bite is maintained as best as possible, and dental implants allow this to happen. When your bite changes it can result in damage to the jaw, including pain in the jaw. It can also lead to not chewing food effectively, which can affect digestion and weight. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth and maintain your natural bite.
If you have missing teeth and would like to use dental implants, contact us today for more information or an appointment.