A few missing teeth may be more serious than you think. Without something
to stop them, the surrounding teeth can shift, and the supporting bone
may begin to shrink away. If you have one or more missing teeth, speak
with your dentist about your replacement options, including
dental implants. Keep reading to learn a few of the reasons for having missing teeth replaced.
Teeth naturally shift over time, but the adjacent and opposing teeth stop
further movement. If you have an empty space left by one or more missing
teeth, the neighboring teeth may begin to lean in or drift. Additionally,
the opposing teeth may shift as they drift down toward the gap. These
changes can negatively affect your jaw’s bite and possibly strain
the jaw’s joint, leading to TMJ.
Bone and Structure Loss
Without a tooth or root, the supporting bone will begin to shrink over
time. This natural
process is called resorption, which is caused by a lack of stimulation to the bone. Resorption causes
the bone to lose height and width where the tooth previously sat. The
jawbone can suffer significant bone loss without a prosthetic to replace
missing teeth. The loss of ridge volume can visibly change the way your
face appears, causing what some may consider to be a cosmic defect. The
gum can begin to wear away as the bone resorbs, creating a concavity or
depression. This can also make it uncomfortable to wear dentures.
Investment in Long Term Health
One of the biggest benefits of having missing teeth replaced early on
is the potential savings. By receiving dental implants you can avoid costly
procedures to fix subsequent oral complications. The physical effects
of shifted teeth or bone loss can lead to gum disease, TMJ, and other
dental or structural problems that require extensive treatment to fix.
However, replacement can prevent this and allow you to invest in the lifelong
health of your mouth.
University Associates in Dentistry provides Chicago with high-quality,
affordable dental implants. Call (312) 704-5511 for a consultation today. Please
visit us online to learn more about our general dentistry services.