Many people try to live with their missing teeth, especially if the gap is not that noticeable. However, a more beautiful smile is not the only reason to get dental implants. One thing that patients need to learn is that without treatment, tooth loss can have a significant negative effect on the teeth left behind.
One of the most likely complications is gum disease. After some years with missing teeth, many people find that they have developed gingivitis or periodontitis. What caused this?
A Devastating Chain Reaction
The link between gum disease and tooth loss is simple: when there are large gaps between your teeth, oral hygiene becomes significantly more difficult to maintain. It is much easier for food debris to become stuck in that space, which creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Plaque and tartar gradually build up, compromising the health of your teeth and encouraging infections.
As your immune system attacks the infection, your gums become inflamed. Over time, this wears away at your gums (a process called gum recession), and exposes both the roots of your teeth and the jawbone to bacteria. This severe form of gum disease is called periodontitis, and it can lead to further tooth loss and a host of other health problems.
Other Consequences of Missing Teeth
Proper oral hygiene can help prevent gum disease from developing. But this is not the only potential consequence of tooth loss. Missing teeth can also:
• Result in serious bite problems as the remaining teeth shift to ‘close the gap’.
• Affect the overall structure of the mouth.
• Cause speech problems and difficulty in chewing certain foods.
• Lead to significant jawbone deterioration and facial collapse over the years.
As you can see, the issue goes beyond aesthetics. Replacing your missing teeth on a timely basis with dental implants is important for your oral health as a whole. Our practice can help with this; call us today, and schedule your appointment. We would be glad to help you regain your smile and confidence.