The Dangers of Gaps in Your Smile from Missing Teeth and Dental Implants Can Be Used to Avoid Complications
If you have a gap in your smile caused by losing a tooth, you may not realize the serious complications this can cause if left untreated. An adult mouth contains 32 teeth (only 28 if you have had your wisdom teeth removed) so, it is entirely understandable that you may lose a tooth at some point in your life. Many people who lose a tooth find it inconsequential and don’t realize the need to replace the tooth since they still have their remaining teeth to perform daily duties such as chewing. At Whole Health Dentistry, Dr. Silvano Senn provides safe teeth implants to replace missing teeth so that further complications can be avoided.
Complications of Missing Teeth
Losing even a single permanent tooth that is then not replaced can lead to a host of dental issues over time. Let’s look at just a few of the issues that you could face.
- You have lost a lower tooth. Over time, the opposing upper tooth could begin to grow downwards into the space caused by the missing lower tooth.
- Teeth adjacent to the gap could begin moving (or tipping) into the newly created space.
- Over time, as adjacent teeth shift into the space, it could lead to a domino effect where all your teeth begin shifting, creating new gaps between teeth that were not present before.
- The jawbone that once supported the missing tooth can begin to shrink or deteriorate, leading to decreased tooth support.
These consequences are likely to occur when just a single tooth has been removed without a suitable replacement. Just think if you have multiple teeth extracted that you have not taken action to replace. The results could be quite jarring.
Dental implants are a great substitute for missing teeth. An implanted rod is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth’s root system once resided. This is a minor surgical procedure performed right in the dental office. Into this rod, an abutment is placed so that a crown can be fixed to the implant. The result is a natural-looking artificial tooth that will provide you with a smile that looks natural and full.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental implants can help you or if you have gaps in your smile that you’d like to address, please call Whole Health Dentistry at 707 549-6333 today and set up an appointment with Dr. Silvano Senn.
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