When you lose one or more teeth, it can start a chain of events in your mouth that can seriously affect the function and appearance of your facial structure further down the line.
The most obvious consequence is that tooth loss leaves a gap in your smile, which can make you feel self-conscious. Other physical consequences may be less apparent initially but shouldn’t be overlooked.
When you have a missing tooth or teeth, the matching tooth on the opposite jaw no longer has a counterpart to bite against. This can affect how you bite into food and your chewing function. Eventually, this may impact on what you are able to eat, leading to deficiencies within your diet and resulting health problems associated with these deficiencies. You may also change your bite to compensate for the gap, which can damage or cause wear to other teeth in your mouth.
As well as these problems, something more serious happens beneath the surface of your gum when you lose a tooth. The jawbone needs the chewing action of the teeth to stimulate it and keep it strong. In addition, the presence of a tooth’s natural root helps to maintain bone density. Without these things, you may start to loose bone around the site of the missing tooth.
Unfortunately, bone loss within your upper and lower jaw can begin to affect your facial structure and, without the support of your teeth and facial bones, your mouth area, chin and jawline can begin to look sunken, prematurely ageing your face well beyond your years. In extreme cases, this can even affect your speech.
Dental implants offer a tooth replacement solution
Titanium dental implants have been growing in popularity since the 1970s and evidence shows that a dental implant in your jawbone stimulates bone growth and density in much the same way as a natural root through a process called osseointegration. This means that your jaw bone will keep its shape and preserve your facial structure around the site of the implant.
Because dental implants are almost, if not as strong as natural teeth, you can bite and chew with confidence. This is important because it means that you can bite with the correct forces without putting undue stress on your other teeth.
Let’s not forget that replacing missing teeth with dental implants will restore the appearance as well as the function of your teeth. This can be an incredible confidence booster. When fitting single or multiple dental implants at our Lincolnshire practice, or when fitting implant-retained dentures, many patients have told us that their treatment has been life-changing, increasing their self-esteem and giving them a high level of comfort.
To book an appointment to discuss dental implants in Lincolnshire at the Dental Health Centre, call us on 01476 594480.