If you think that one or two missing teeth in the back of your mouth are no cause for concern, you are sadly mistaken. Regardless of whether or not your missing teeth affect your smile function or aesthetics, they can still cause other dental disruptions. Missing teeth cause the adjacent teeth to shift out of position over time. This not only compromises your bite alignment, but it can create sneaky places for bacteria and plaque to build up. While a set of removable dentures can span the gap of missing teeth and hold your existing teeth in proper position, they may not be able to address bone loss in your jaw. That's right, missing teeth can lead to bone loss. This causes premature facial aging, or a sunken appearance in the face, over time.
How can you avoid bone loss after missing teeth? Dental implants. In fact, implants dentistry is the only way to preserve your jaw bone while having prosthetic teeth. The unique and powerful difference between dental implants and traditional dentures (removable) is that dental implants replace your tooth root while dentures do not. Dental implants use a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. Over time, the implant heals and the screw fuses to the bone to create a secure anchor for your prosthetic tooth (or dental implant restoration). With an artificial tooth root, your jawbone is naturally stimulated while chewing, which protects it from atrophy or loss.
At Park Slope Dental Arts, we'd love to tell you more about the profound benefits of dental implants. They are superior in the way they look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants can be used in a variety of ways, such as securing a denture or partial as well as used as a single tooth replacement. Although the cost of dental implants is more than traditional dentures, don't neglect the value of preventing bone loss that dental implants have to offer.