Replace Missing Teeth
Tooth loss stems from a variety of causes, such as tooth decay, gum disease, injuries, or other oral health issues. Missing teeth should be replaced as soon as possible in order to preserve jawbone health and prevent other possible complications. Neglecting to replace teeth may lead to:
Appearance and ConfidenceMissing teeth can dramatically alter a person's appearance. A much less than perfect smile can cause people to be uncomfortable about smiling, shy away from social situations, or cover their mouth. Missing teeth can also cause more dramatic appearance issues the longer restoration treatment is avoided. Teeth can shift into missing tooth gaps, the face may look sunken, the jaw line may move, and in general make a person look older than they really are.
Jaw Bone DeteriorationAfter losing a tooth the jawbone immediately begins to deteriorate through a process called resorption. The longer a tooth is missing due to extraction, injury or disease, the more deterioration occurs. The jawbone weakens, resulting in greater risk for injury and greater restoration difficulty. The jawbone also becomes noticeably smaller, altering the facial appearance.
Jaw Joint PainGaps left by missing teeth alter your bite and alignment as the jaw closes. This jaw alignment alteration is called an off-bite relationship. Over time the off-bite relationship can lead to acute chronic pain. This condition is called TMJ, which is a reference to the temporomandibular joint.
For many patients, dental implants are an ideal solution for tooth replacement, as they function like natural teeth better than other dental prosthetics do. Contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Mugford or Dr. Sfondouris to find out if dental implants are right for you.