Over 120 million Americans suffer from tooth loss. In addition to affecting the appearance of your smile, missing teeth can impact your health in a variety of ways.
Explore our guide to learn more about the consequences of tooth loss.
Tooth loss can determine what you eat and how you speak. This is because missing teeth affect the strength of your bite, making it more difficult to chew certain foods. They can also cause you to slur your words, hurting your ability to communicate with others.
Dental implants are stable and highly durable, giving you the ability to eat and speak with total confidence.
When you lose a tooth, the connected area of your jawbone loses its source of stimulation. This causes your bone tissue to rapidly lose density, eventually causing your surrounding teeth to shift.
Dental implants are the only tooth restoration that stimulates healthy jawbone growth, protecting your long-term health.
Missing teeth can impact your confidence and make you reluctant to smile around others. This hurts your ability to socialize and make good first impressions.
Dental implants are customized to match your natural teeth for a stunning appearance. With proper care, your smile can remain healthy and beautiful for a lifetime.
Smiling and laughing release endorphins in your brain, a chemical that helps you feel positive and relaxed. If you’re unhappy with your smile, it can negatively influence your overall mood.
Dental implants are a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement that will help you regain confidence in your smile.
Dentures cannot match the health benefits that come with dental implants. Implants fill the socket left by missing teeth, whereas dentures can trap bacteria in these hard-to-clean areas and promote infection. Dental implants help naturally strengthen the jawbone, but dentures can cause additional wear and hasten jawbone deterioration. Good hygiene habits are also easier to maintain with dental implants than dentures. Instead of a complicated nightly procedure, care is as simple as brushing and flossing your restorations.
Simply put, there’s no competition between dental implants and dentures. Along with all the benefits of their natural feel and appearance, dental implants have reliable advantages for protecting your oral health.
Missing teeth cause the jawbone to deteriorate because it’s no longer receiving stimulation from natural teeth. Luckily, dental implant treatment can reverse these effects. In a process called osseointegration, titanium abutments fuse naturally with the jawbone after an implant procedure. Your restorations will stimulate the jawbone just like natural teeth, encouraging healthy bone growth and restoring lasting structural stability.
While certain health factors may delay the process of dental implant treatment, most patients can take steps to improve their candidacy.
Don’t assume that you aren’t eligible to receive dental implants—candidacy doesn’t require your oral health to be perfect. If you’ve been told by another dentist that you aren’t eligible for implant treatment, consider seeking a second opinion from Dr. Grubb. He’ll personally evaluate your case and establish whether you can safely receive dental implants. If supplemental procedures would improve your case, he’ll make appropriate treatment recommendations and guide you through the process.