People lose teeth for many reasons, and a good percentage of adults in the United States have at least one missing tooth. Because your smile is such a noticeable, vital part of your face, it’s often obvious when a tooth is missing. This can quickly decrease self-confidence in everything from your personal life to your job. Fortunately, there is no need to suffer from lack of confidence because of missing teeth when you have the option of dental implants from a periodontist.
Risks of Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth is about more than increasing your confidence; it’s also about keeping your mouth healthy. When teeth are missing, it is often hard to care for those that remain. Gaps created by missing teeth can also be problematic, as the teeth around the gap will shift into the spot left open and can make your cheeks hollow or saggy.
Perhaps the most serious complication associated with missing teeth is the loss of bone in the jaw. Without a root in place to simulate growth and regenerate bone, the jaw may deteriorate and crumble over time. This can lead to more missing teeth and a complete change to your face.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Other than increasing your confidence about your appearance, implants offer additional benefits, including:
- Healthier mouth
- Improved speech
- More comfort
- Sturdier jaw
When placed and cared for correctly, dental implants last a lifetime. Caring for your implants is as simple as caring for your natural teeth: an oral health regimen of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.