Missing one or more teeth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. If the tooth isn’t replaced, the teeth around it will move. This shift will then cause you to rely more heavily on your remaining teeth, increasing the chance that they will wear out prematurely, be damaged, or even lost. You may also experience headaches and/or jaw pain.
No one wants their appearance and health to deteriorate. But unfortunately, that’s the natural consequence of missing teeth – your jaw literally melts away. In general, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss. Therefore, it’s optimum to have dental implants placed when teeth are first extracted. Waiting too long can cause unnecessary complications, not to mention higher costs.
Nothing can replace your natural teeth, but dental implants come close. They are man-made “anchors” or screws, that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, replacing your missing tooth’s root(s). They are made of titanium and other materials that are body friendly. The benefits of dental implants are that they won’t shift in your mouth, and they feel more natural than removable partial or complete dentures. Best of all, they safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance.