If you have missing teeth, it’s more than just your confidence that will suffer. While the aesthetic problems associated with missing teeth are difficult, the reality is that there are also physical problems that can destroy your oral health over time. Fortunately, Dr. Cueva offers dental implants to help solve three common problems that come from missing teeth.
1. Bone Loss
When a tooth goes missing, there is no longer a root in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. Over time, this can cause the bone to deteriorate and lead to significant bone loss in the jaw that may require a graft to place an implant.
Implants are titanium rods that are placed directly in the jawbone and function as the root would. They connect with the bone in such a way that it continues to grow and maintain the shape of your face.
2. Poor Oral Health
When you have missing teeth, it can be hard to clean your teeth properly. Even if you brush and floss regularly and appropriately, there are always sections that are hard to reach because you have missing teeth. With implants placed by a qualified dentist, it is easier to keep your mouth clean and remove plaque from the teeth. This helps fight off gum disease and other conditions that can influence your overall health.
3. Shifting Teeth
Each tooth holds a place in your mouth and helps keep the other teeth in their appropriate spot. When a tooth is missing for a long time, the other teeth will shift and may become crooked and even loose. Implants function as a permanent placeholder to hold your remaining natural teeth in place and keep your smile straight.
Contact Us Today
If you have questions about missing teeth and how they can influence your oral health, call us at Texas Implant & Periodontic Center to schedule an appointment. We’ll help you understand the benefits of implants and determine if they are right for you.