Have you lost a tooth? It happens. Actually, it happens to more people than you think: Almost 70 percent of adults over the age of 35 have lost at least one tooth to decay, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these people leave the space empty, but leaving a gap does more than just impact your smile. It can also negatively impact your health. Dr. Caracioni suggests that patients who have lost a tooth consider filling in the space with a dental implant or implants.
Why Should I Consider a Dental Implant?
Did you know that when you lose a tooth, the way your mouth functions changes? It may not be noticeable to you, but it can be seen in how you bite down, chew food and even how you speak.
Spaces or gaps cause your teeth to move. This can negatively affect your bite by putting it out of alignment. When your bite is out of alignment, you end up causing uneven wear and stress to your jaw joints. If this continues, you can end up with the painful condition known as TMJD.
Leaving a space also can cause your jaw tissue to atrophy. Atrophy happens because, when you bite down, the pressure exerted on your top and bottom jaw stimulate the cells, blood flow and oxygen in the tissues on either side. If there is a gap, no stimulation occurs, and the tissue weakens over time. Weakened tissue could cause consequences if you decide to put off your implant till later – you may not have the tissue needed to install an implant and could require a tissue or bone graft.
Most Effective Solution
Tooth loss makes speaking, eating and smiling difficult in many ways. We offer several services to replace missing teeth, but the most effective and natural-looking is dental implant restoration. Dental implants are human-made tooth roots placed into the jawbone by a periodontist or oral surgeon. Dental implants bond with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation while stopping and preventing bone loss.
Dental implants are also a great option because they look and act just like regular teeth, restoring the normal function of your mouth. They are also easy to care for and look great. If you are considering a dental implant, talk to Dr. Caracioni today for more information. Call us at 785-783-0741 to schedule your consultation.