Most people know the benefits of dental implants for tooth replacement, but did you know that when you lose teeth, you could be putting your other teeth at risk? Tooth loss can cause bone loss.
Because your teeth are rooted into your jaw bone, when you lose a tooth the bone in that area can begin to recede, putting your adjacent teeth at risk by compromising their foundations. Your teeth may begin to cave in toward one another, tilting or twisting. This condition can create problems with your gums and your bite by redistributing force in an unhealthy way.
Bone loss can also create cosmetic changes in the structure of your face, since your bone supports your muscle and skin. You have probably seen people with missing teeth who appear older and shriveled around the mouth and lips.
Dental implants may help slow down or eliminate this risk by anchoring to your bone to keep it from receding and also by filling the empty space left by your missing tooth. Both of these benefits may protect your remaining teeth, your gums, and your bite.
To find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants, call Dr. Sean Drower’s office. We look forward to working with you to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.