It’s no secret that a missing tooth can be a problem for adults at any age. Once your tooth has been removed, or breaks beyond repair, there are no do-overs. Fortunately, implants provide a prosthetic solution that’s both structurally durable and cosmetically appropriate. Here are a few of the ways in which an implant can improve your general quality of life.
- Missing teeth mean that certain people will make social judgments about your level of general health and how well you take care of yourself. Regardless of how fair those judgments may be, they’re a constant reminder that it’s important to put your best face forward. With dental implants, you’re signaling that a missing tooth matters, and that you know a bright, healthy smile matters as well.
- A missing tooth also means a weak point in your bite line when it comes to eating foods. Unless your diet consists of liquids entirely, you’ll need to chew to make food easy to swallow, and your teeth are the tools to get the job done. When there’s one missing, it can make that job harder on your remaining teeth, as you’ll need to chew food at angles which your teeth were not intended for. Putting pressure on those teeth, and exposing your gums to friction from food, can all lead to further dental problems which can include cracked molars, gum infections, and poor breath.
- The density of your bones is what keeps them from experiencing serious breaks or fractures, and that includes the density in your jaw. In order for your body to know which areas of the jaw require the most nutrients, it needs physical feedback, which usually occurs whenever you put weight on a tooth to chew. When a tooth’s missing, your jaw misses that feedback, which can result in a loss of bone density in the jaw. To combat this, dental implants are anchored directly into the bone of the jaw, replacing that vital component of maintaining healthy bone structure.
- Finally, dental implants are a long term solution to a missing tooth that can continue to provide you with great results, year after year, and even decade after decade. With proper maintenance and care, the only part of your dental implant that will need to be replaced should be the crown, or the visible prosthetic tooth above the surface of your gumline.