Adjusting to the change in your smile after you lose a tooth can be difficult. Every time you brush, you're reminded that a tooth once occupied that empty space. Unfortunately, tooth loss isn't just a cosmetic issue. Your North Attleboro, MA dentists at Unique Dental Care share information about the consequences of tooth loss and explain how dental implants can restore your smile.
What happens when you lose a tooth?
The roots of your teeth help keep your jawbone strong by exerting constant pressure on it. After you lose a tooth, the underlying section of bone no longer receives the pressure it needs. Although you probably won't notice any changes immediately after your tooth is extracted, your jawbone will eventually begin to become weaker and shallower. The problem can become more severe if several teeth are extracted. Changes in the jawbone can lead to sagging of the lower portion of your face and even additional tooth loss.
Dental implants prevent changes due to tooth loss
Dental implants look like small screws. They're placed in the same spot once occupied by your roots during a minor oral surgical procedure. Implants are made of titanium, a lightweight, durable metal capable of bonding to bones. Once the implants are placed in your mouth, they begin to bond to your jawbone. The implants are as strong as the roots you lost when the bonding process is complete. Since your implants exert pressure on your jawbone just as your roots did, the bone will remain strong, and you won't be affected by the changes that can occur after tooth loss.
Implants improve your ability to chew and speak
Depending on the location of the tooth you've lost, biting and chewing can become much more difficult. Once your dentist adds crowns to the tops of your dental implants, you'll regain the ability to bite and chew normally.
Replacing a missing tooth can also improve your speech. When teeth are missing, it can be much harder to speak clearly and pronounce words properly.
Dental implants provide a long-term solution to tooth loss. Call your North Attleboro, MA, dentists at (508) 399-8800 to find out if dental implants are the ideal solution for you.