A single missing tooth might not have a big effect on your chewing. However, several missing teeth definitely will. Many patients cope by sticking to softer foods. The problem with this limited diet is that it can lead to gastrointestinal problems, weight loss, and malnutrition.
Tooth loss and gum disease
can have devastating effects on your jaw bone. Without a tooth or dental implant to provide stimulation, the underlying bone mass will begin to deteriorate. Since a large amount of bone loss occurs within the first year of tooth loss, it is important to have an implant placed right away.
Since the back teeth do most of the chewing, they tend to wear down over time. However, when gum disease results in tooth loss, the additional strain can cause the vertical height of your teeth to collapse more quickly. As a result, the chin will shift upward while the nose and lips droop downward. This can age your appearance greatly.
Replacing missing teeth can seem like a hassle. Many patients put it off as long as possible since it does not immediately affect the facial appearance. However, as time goes on, missing teeth can have a huge effect on the facial structure. As a result of bone loss, the lips and cheeks can sink inward and adopt a “sunken in” appearance.
It is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible, and dental implants are the closest replica of your natural tooth structure. To learn more about the importance of dental implants in Sterling, VA
, contact Dr. Kharmouche and schedule your consultation today!