Dental Implants Protect Your Health
According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 54% of Americans are missing at least one tooth. Living with missing teeth damages your self-confidence, and it also negatively affects your health.
Missing teeth can cause an assortment of medical issues. In fact, the more teeth you’re missing, the more likely you are to experience unwanted dental problems.
Dental implants are the only smile restoration that promotes healthy bone growth and prevents your remaining teeth from shifting. They protect your smile from the significant health risks associated with tooth loss.
How Tooth Loss Affects Your Oral Health
When you lose a tooth to decay, gum disease, physical trauma, or for any other reason, it damages the rest of your smile. The reason this happens is that the teeth in a healthy mouth support one another. In a sense, each of your teeth serves as a placeholder, preserving the overall integrity of your smile.
Losing a tooth causes your remaining teeth to shift around. This often makes it more challenging to clean your natural teeth. As a result, plaque gets trapped and accumulates in hard to reach places. This plaque feeds bacteria, increasing your risk of decay and gum disease.
When your teeth shift position due to a gap caused by a missing tooth, it will irritate your gums. This makes you more susceptible to gum disease. Without proper care, the loss of one tooth can set off a chain reaction that leads you to lose even more teeth.
Another serious consequence of missing teeth is jawbone deterioration, also known as resorption. In much the same way that muscles require exercise to remain strong, the act of chewing stimulates your jawbone and keeps it healthy.
As soon as you lose a tooth, the jawbone around the empty tooth socket begins to deteriorate. The sooner you restore a missing tooth using a dental implant, the healthier your smile will be.
Call Your Northridge Dentist — the Sooner, the Better
The longer you wait to restore a missing tooth, the more diminished your jawbone will become from resorption. It requires a certain amount of bone mass to qualify for a dental implant procedure. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Terence Lau or Dr. Casey Lau to discuss your smile restoration as soon as possible.
If you’re suffering from resorption, don’t get discouraged. We have many options for patients in need of restoration. Whether you’re looking to invest in dental implants or restore an arch, we have options that don’t require any bone grafting. Call today to learn more.