A missing tooth can create a number of problems that extend beyond that which are purely aesthetic and leaving a vacant space in your mouth can present very complex problems in the future if left untreated. Here we explore the importance of replacing a missing tooth and some of the consequences of failing to do so.
Your teeth are responsible for supporting your jawbone, which is constantly being stimulated when you chew, bite and speak, so when you lose a tooth, it does not receive the right level of stimulation that it requires to preserve itself. This causes the jawbone to resorb or sink back into the face, affecting your whole facial aesthetic, making you appear older than your years.
Missing teeth and your self confidence
Having a missing tooth can stop you wanting to smile, especially if the tooth in question is one that is part of the ‘social six’ which refers to your 6 most visible teeth. Many people experience a drop in confidence and become unhappy with their appearance and this can also be due to a change in their facial aesthetic as a result of resorption; as your jaw does not have the support it needs, it begins to shrink causing the face to appear sunken and rendering the face older-looking as mentioned above.
Dentures as a temporary solution – dental implants as an investment for life
Both dentures and dental implants are popular solutions for replacing missing teeth, however, the crucial difference between them is that dentures will not prevent jawbone loss whilst dental implants will, as they become a permanent part of your body. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone and left to fuse with your jawbone over a period of several months – you will be able to maintain them as you would your existing teeth and they will look and function as a natural tooth.
Perhaps you’ve had dentures for a number of years but are looking for a longer-term solution to a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth? Here at Keppel Advanced Dentistry, we are more than happy to talk you through what getting dental implants entails and the benefits that come with getting them.
If you would like more information about dental implants at Keppel Advanced Dentistry, please do not hesitate to contact us.