Proactive Treatment to Protect Your Smile
Missing teeth have more than an aesthetic impact. In addition to creating gaps in your smile, lack of stimulation from teeth roots causes the jawbone to become weak and lose its ability to support neighboring teeth. If left untreated, gaps in your smile can affect the rest of your teeth, gums, jaw, and face. Fortunately, dental implants by Charlotte’s Dr. Martin can repair the damage of missing teeth and prevent further issues from arising.
Loss of functionality.
Your teeth are a pivotal attribute in your life when it comes to daily interactions and activities such as eating and speaking. When you have teeth that are absent, it affects your ability to eat certain foods and can impair the way you speak.
We use our teeth to tear and grind up food, so if you have a missing front tooth, you may not be able to take a bite out of a whole apple. If you are missing your back molars, it may be irritating to chew up a tender piece of steak.
Pronouncing certain words may not be as easy or clear to understand when you have a missing tooth. Whistling sounds may occur when you speak and excess saliva may accumulate as you begin to slur words. Dental implants act just like natural teeth and can restore full functionality in your mouth.
Increased risk of oral infection.
An empty socket can be a vulnerable point in increasing your risk of infection and gum disease. They make it harder to brush and floss which leaves your mouth and gums more susceptible to forming bacteria. This may increase costs and require you to receive more treatments in order to get your mouth back to a healthy state before placing a dental implant.
Weakening of the jawbone.
Natural teeth are embedded in your jawbone and your tooth root supports your bone by stimulating it through biting and chewing. When your tooth isn’t there to support and stimulate your jawbone, it weakens and will begin to shrink.
Your jaw will lose its natural shape and it will become more difficult to insert implants if the jawbone has deteriorated. Dental implants are the only solution that can help protect your jaw from further bone loss.
As your jawbone shrinks, your face shape can be altered, causing your skin to droop down and begin to wrinkle. Many patients who suffer from severe jawbone deterioration will look drastically older as their cheeks and lips sink in. Dr. Martin can help prevent this problem altogether with dental implants. If you have already suffered from bone loss, a preliminary treatment may be available for you.
Feeling socially self-conscious about your appearance can be a result of missing teeth. Our society often assumes people who have an incomplete smile are unintelligent or are of a lower class. No one knows the true reasoning behind a lost tooth so one’s self-consciousness should not be affected by other’s false judgments. Re-boost your self-assurance with our rejuvenating dental implant restorations.
Increased likelihood of pain.
Your mouth is a very sensitive part of your body, especially when it is not as healthy as it should be when it is lacking a full set of teeth. An opening can expose your gums to different factors that can generate pain, discomfort, irritation, and soreness. Dental implants will help protect these open areas and prevent any further pain from occurring.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
A decrease in self-confidence caused by missing teeth can lead to overall unhappiness and social anxiety. A study by the Academy of General Dentistry found psychological effects related to this condition. It revealed that 86% of the patients felt social embarrassment, 66% revealed emotional pain, and 69% claimed to feel nervous going out in public.
These results show how your well-being can be greatly affected by missing teeth. You can restore your smile with dental implants as they help rebuild happiness through their natural, long-lasting appearance.
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Don’t Let Missing Teeth Dictate Your Life
Dental implants provide a simple, long-lasting solution for you. Dr. Martin and his team in Charlotte and surrounding areas can transform your damaged smile into a new, bright and beautiful one. Don’t let these dangers of tooth loss affect you any longer and schedule your appointment today.