The Unpleasant Truth of Not Replacing Missing Teeth With Quality Dental Implants From Dentist in Pembroke Pines, FL
While a missing tooth may seem like no big deal, not replacing a lost tooth (or teeth) can have a catastrophic effect on your overall dental health. Issues including shifting teeth and jawbone degeneration are just two dental health complications that can arise when a tooth is not replaced after being lost. Dr. Milton Ruiz and the team at Pines Dental in Pembroke Pines, FL offer dental implants for patients looking to fill those gaps in their smile caused by missing teeth.
Replacing missing teeth with implants is not just a cosmetic issue. Failure to replace a missing tooth can have a range of effects on your dental health. Let us explore some of these issues now.
A Loss of Jawbone
The human body needs exercise and stimulation so that it can maintain muscle tone. The same principle applies to the jaw. The jawbone can maintain itself thanks to the stimulation offered by chewing and biting. If a tooth is loose, this stimulation goes away and the area of the jaw where a tooth no longer resides can start to disappear through a process called resorption. Loss of jawbone material will result in the individual having a sunken facial appearance.
Misalignment, Gaps and Loose Teeth
When an adjacent tooth no longer has its neighbor, it will (over time) begin to drift into the gap created by the missing tooth. This can make biting and chewing a more difficult task. Additionally, a tooth which drifts can cause root destabilization leading to a loose tooth that may eventually even fall out.
An Altered Face
Let us talk about something you may not know – your facial shape is what it is thanks to the support offered by your teeth and jawbone. Losing teeth can cause this support to vanish, leaving the individual with a face that appears distorted or sunken in. Skin wrinkling around the mouth is common. Think about somebody, maybe somebody you know, who is older and has removable dentures. Now think about how they look when they remove their dentures. The appearance is like this, but it can be more extreme as more teeth are lost and not replaced.
These are just a few reasons why you should replace your missing teeth with quality dental implants as offered by Dr. Ruiz and his team at Pine Dental in Pembroke Pines, FL. To schedule an appointment, call (954) 715-4660 today
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