Losing a tooth can be catastrophic in more than one way. Some may find it hard to perform everyday actions like chewing food if the missing tooth is a molar. Others may be mortified by the appearance of their smile if the missing tooth is in their visible “smile zone.”
Another group of people may lose a tooth but are not immediately impacted by it. Because of this, they may be willing just to let things be. They will not seek a tooth replacement. This would be a mistake. Tooth replacement options, including cosmetic dental implants, are more important than you may realize. Dr. Mircea Mitu and the team at Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, are here to tell you why.
Did you know that, if given the chance, your teeth will naturally shift inside your mouth? When a tooth is lost, a gap is created. When you have a complete smile, your teeth support each other and prevent each other from shifting. This support system is disrupted when a tooth is lost, and a gap is created. What results is that your teeth on either side of the gap will begin to shift in, resulting in additional gaps on the opposite side of the now shifting teeth. This allows other teeth to shift, creating more gaps and alignment issues. Who knew a single gap in your smile could result in such trouble? A tooth replacement, like a dental implant, will prevent this shifting from occurring.
Your jawbone greatly depends on the stimulation provided by the roots of your teeth. Without this stimulation, the jawbone can begin to break down and even be reabsorbed into the body. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement option that mimics the root of the missing tooth. Once implanted, your jawbone will integrate with the implant via osseointegration. What results is a very sturdy, strong, and long-lasting restoration that will also preserve the health of your jawbone.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, please contact Family Dental Center in Manteca, CA, by calling (209) 420-1205.