When people lose a tooth either to decay or due to an accident, they sometimes decide to live with the leftover gap, especially when the space is located in the rear of the mouth where it’s less noticeable. Unfortunately, missing teeth can cause our bodies to react in unexpected ways.
Often, a lost tooth promotes resorption, or bone loss at the site, which will weaken the jaw. Additionally, surrounding teeth will often begin to float or shift into the space once held by the missing tooth (teeth), causing shifting which can promote temporomandibular disorder (TMD). What you may have considered a mild cosmetic irritation ultimately becomes something that can cause a great deal of pain, and can even change the way you talk.
Shifting can also cause other teeth to become crooked, which can promote a less attractive smile. Additionally, if you lose enough teeth, bone loss can cause your jaw to take on a sunken look, which will cause you to look much older than you actually are.
Dental Implants Can Help
Clearly, missing teeth have the potential to cause serious unforeseen problems; however, thanks to modern dental advances, you don’t have to suffer those consequences. Experienced cosmetic dentists such as Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins are able to replace missing teeth with dental implants, which look and function just like normal teeth.
A dental implant consists of a titanium post that fits inside the jaw bone just as a tooth’s root would. Then a dental crown is attached to the post in place of the missing tooth. Not only is the gap filled and your cosmetic issue taken care of; thanks to the post attached to the crown, the bone is constantly stimulated, which helps to prevent any potential bone loss.
If you have a missing tooth that you’d like to take care of, Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins of Spokane, WA would be happy to talk with you about it. You can contact our office by email or call us at 509-532-1111. You can also make an appointment online.