Are you suffering from tooth loss? If so, you’re not alone! An estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. As you may know, living with one or more missing teeth can affect all areas of your life, and adversely impact both your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Let’s explore how tooth loss affects our health and how dental implants can help.
Loss of functionality.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, it may affect the types of foods you can eat and how you speak.
With gaps in your smile, chewing is compromised, making it difficult to eat certain foods such as chewy meats and hard fruits like apples. Even with traditional tooth replacement options–dental bridges or removable dentures–chewing ability is greatly diminished. When teeth are missing you may also slur your words, making communication more difficult.
Dental implants restore full function by replacing your tooth from root to crown. You can eat, speak, smile, and laugh without giving your teeth a second thought.
Increased risk of oral infection.
Gaps left by missing teeth are often difficult to clean properly with brushing and flossing, making them the perfect place for food and bacteria to collect. This increases your risk of developing oral infections such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental implants reduce the risk of oral infections, make brushing and flossing easier, and offer the most comprehensive health benefits of all tooth restoration solutions.
Weakening of the jawbone.
Did you know that chewing helps keep your jawbone healthy? With pressure from chewing, your natural tooth’s roots stimulate bone growth, making your jawbone strong. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone lacks stimulation and begins to deteriorate and lose its shape.
Dental implants offer a solution to protect the jaw from further bone loss by replacing the missing tooth’s roots. A strong jaw helps keep the entire mouth healthy.
Tooth loss can make you look older than you actually are. Once teeth are missing and the jawbone begins to lose its shape, your facial skin loosens and sags, hiding the shape of your jaw. This can lead to premature wrinkles and a sunken facial appearance which can make you look older.
Dental implants can help prevent this from happening by protecting the shape of the jaw. If you’ve already experienced bone loss, we offer supplemental procedures to restore your jawbone, helping you get back on track.
Tooth loss can have a significant impact on how you feel about yourself and how you interact with others. When you don’t want to speak or smile to avoid showing gaps, your self-confidence and social interactions may suffer. This can eventually strain your relationships and even your performance at work.
Dental implants are designed to look and feel natural, allowing you to smile with confidence knowing your teeth are the best they can be.
Increased likelihood of pain.
The area where a tooth once stood is exposed to elements that can result in more pain and discomfort. Your gum tissue is more easily irritated by chewing hard food, and nerves, which are normally protected by a tooth, are closer to the surface, leading to greater sensitivity.
Dental implants help protect the gums, nerves, and jawbone by replacing the missing tooth.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
The simple act of smiling can make you feel happier and even reduce your stress. When you always avoid smiling because you’re self-conscious about your missing teeth, it can lead to anxiety and depression. This doesn’t have to happen.
Let us give you a reason to smile again! Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or all your natural teeth, we offer a variety of dental implant solutions to restore your smile and your confidence.
Dental Implants Can Help!
Patients at Brooklyn Heights Dental often choose dental implants because they:
- Offer a long-lasting solution: Studies show that dental implants have a 95 percent success rate and are long-lasting with proper care.
- Restore functionality: Imagine being able to bite into an apple and enjoy conversations with friends without worrying about your teeth. Dental implants can make this possible by restoring full chewing and speaking ability.
- Revitalize your appearance: Dental implants help prevent premature wrinkling and enhance your smile. By restoring your smile with dental implants, you’ll ensure a youthful appearance and a healthy mouth.