After the loss of a tooth occurs, there are many important reasons to consider a dental implant. Certainly the ability to chew the foods you love, an attractive smile, and pleasant breath are all considerations. Additionally, an implant is easier to clean and care for than a bridge or dentures, it can prevent the shifting of teeth that can result in spaces, and over time it is longer lasting and more cost effective. Whereas unreplaced teeth can affect speech, give an aged appearance, and even cause more bone loss.
With modern technology, the long-term ramifications of tooth loss can actually be minimized. State of the art dentistry can now offer implants that are as strong and comfortable as natural teeth, and which can help keep your jaw bone strong also.
Although it may be a temptation to simply leave it alone, especially if it’s in the back of your mouth where it can’t be seen, there are many implications in doing so. For example, it can often be difficult to keep the space clean. Brushing alone may not keep the area clean and flossing can become harder, sometimes leading to gum disease, bad breath or other health issues.
When bone loss occurs in the jaw from tooth loss, the shape of your face can be altered and appear to sag and age, as well as putting other teeth at risk of loss. This can happen even with a denture or bridge. In addition, other adjacent teeth can actually be harmed from the placement of a bridge due to the necessary removal of enamel for reshaping.
Naturally, chewing on unprotected gums isn’t comfortable and many people find that they’re only able to tolerate eating on one side of their mouth, or unable to eat some foods entirely. This can affect the pleasure of eating, and can also result in nutritional deficiencies.
With the natural look and feel of today’s custom made implants, other people won’t even know the tooth has been replaced. If you are interested in the very best tooth replacement option to restore your beautiful and healthy smile, Dr. Heidi Finkelstein at My Plantation Dentist can help. To schedule your appointment for an examination, please contact us today at 954-584-1030.