Do you have missing teeth? Then you are not alone. Even though the U.S. is one of the most advanced countries in the world, tooth loss is commonplace. In middle age, it tends to become more common.
According to Harvard Medical School, the average adult has lost 12 permanent teeth by the age of 50. Tooth loss transpires due to a number of issues including, wear, decay, gum disease, cancer, and injury. Missing teeth can influence our self-esteem, oral health, and function.
Let’s talk about two ways missing teeth influence your life. One is a psychological issue and the other is a physical issue.
Reduced Self Esteem
If you have a missing tooth or teeth you may believe it creates an undesirable appearance or at least an unattractive smile. When you look in the mirror, you may feel you look older and perhaps less attractive. The way you look influences the way you feel. You may smile less because you are self-conscious. You may avoid social activities that can impact your mental health. Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can aggravate the soft tissues of the mouth.
Aside from appearance concerns, there are health matters that develop if you don’t replace missing teeth.
Jawbone’s health and strength are preserved through the stimulus of chewing. It’s important to understand that gaps in their smile can cause bone loss, also called bone resorption. It happens when the tooth is missing and the natural roots are no longer in the jawbone. Over time, the jawbone can deteriorate due to bone resorption.
Implants Provide a Variety of Solutions
A dental implant is an ideal solution for a missing tooth.
Dental implants are strong, functional, and naturally-looking restorations with roots permanently anchored into the jawbone.
Dental implants have been used for quite a few years to replace one or two missing teeth. They can also be used to provide a structure for bridges and anchored dentures!
At Cary Family Dental, nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping people dramatically improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public and socialize more often.