One missing tooth can impact your appearance and your total oral health more than you may realize. A gap in your smile can make you self-conscience about smiling too openly and, over time, that can affect your overall self-esteem. Additionally, a gap in your teeth can cause chewing difficulties, speech impediments, and compromise the overall health of your mouth.
When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extracted, the gap it leaves creates an opening in the gum tissue. This means bacteria has access to your gums and can spread much faster, causing gum disease to spread throughout the mouth. Additionally, the missing tooth leaves an opening in the surrounding bone, which normally holds the tooth in place. Without something to cling to, the bone begins to degrade over time. The bone loss, along with gum disease weakens the rest of your teeth, which causes them to shift or misalign.
Fortunately, Brooklyn dental implants can help you avoid this situation. An implant recreates the full tooth, providing a fake root that can be secured in the opening. This helps strengthen the surrounding teeth, while also helping to reduce bone loss. As the gum tissue closes around the tooth, you’ll be protected against gum disease as well.
Sometimes, bone loss advances too far, before an individual can get an implant. If this happens to you, visiting your dentist can still help. Bone can be grafted in place to restore the bone loss and encourage additional bone growth. Once this process is complete, the implant can be safely installed into the gap and your oral health will be better protected.
Dental implants are designed to resemble natural teeth in appearance and in function, so restoring your smile is possible. They can even be used to build better bridges, where two or more teeth are missing in the same area of the mouth. This means you can smile broadly once again and feel confident enough to eat your favorite foods, no matter what they may be. Dental implants provide the best possible treatment for missing teeth.