November 2, 2018
Did you know that around 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth? If you fall into this category, you know that missing teeth can affect your appearance and confidence, but did you know missing teeth brings health risks to your mouth? There are many replacement options, but dental implants are the only option that can stop the effects of missing teeth. Keep reading to discover what happens to your health when you lose a tooth, and how dental implants in Friendswood can stop the negative effects caused by lost teeth.
What Happens if You Have Missing Teeth?
When you lose a tooth, you may think of the unsightly gap it leaves in your smile, but it does more than affect your appearance. The part of your tooth that’s under the gums, the tooth’s root, brings important nutrients and blood flow to your jawbone. When you lose teeth, your jaw isn’t getting the same stimulation it’s used to, so it will slowly start to resorb. This loss of tissue can lead to more tooth loss and a sunken appearance in the face.
You may also have issues like difficulty eating certain foods, difference in speech, negative self-image, and shifting teeth. That’s why it’s imperative to replace missing teeth in Friendswood before the above issues can occur.
How Can Dental Implants Help?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are placed in the jaw. These titanium posts act as tooth roots and support dental restorations. Dental implants are the only replacement method that stabilizes the jawbone by delivering it nutrients and blood flow to prevent it from shrinking.
This replacement can be done for a single tooth or many missing teeth, and dental implants are the longest-lasting and most natural looking and feeling restoration. You can smile, chew, and talk with the confidence of having a beautifully complete smile.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Your jawbone has to be strong enough to accommodate dental implants, but even when it’s not, you may be eligible for a bone graft. Your best bet is to visit your local dentist to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants. If you lost your tooth recently and are in good overall health, chances are great that dental implants are right for you!
When it comes to tooth replacement, the sooner the better for your health. Now that you know the dangers of not replacing a missing tooth and how dental implants can help, contact your dentist to avoid some of the dental issues mentioned above.
Meet the Dentist
A graduate from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with an interest in Implantology, Dr. James T. Sierra enjoys expertly completing smiles with dental implants. He takes pride in offering dental implants to help his patients’ health and self-confidence. He currently practices at Friendswood Dental Group, and he can be contacted through his website or by phone at (281) 482-2631 for any questions.
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