You can avoid many of the consequences of missing teeth with dental implants.
A missing tooth can lead to a long list of dental issues, and many of them are much more serious than just a gap in your smile. The good news is that our cosmetic dentist in Lawrence can prevent many of the worst issues using dental implants. Check out our last blog to learn about the dental issues that we’ve already talked about, and keep reading for more information about the issues you can avoid with dental implants:
TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, and it is associated with difficulty chewing, locking or clicking of the jaw, discomfort and jaw pain. As you learned in our previous blog, missing teeth often leads to a shift in the remaining teeth, and that shift can lead to bite problems which can make an existing jaw joint issue worse.
#4. Bone Loss
When you chew, it actually helps to stimulate the jaw bone and keep it healthy, but when you are missing a tooth or several teeth, your jaw no longer gets the stimulation it needs. After a short while, the jaw bone will actually start to decrease in volume. Bone loss occurs at its fastest rate within six months of losing a tooth and continues throughout your lifetime, so it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible.
As you can see, dental implants will not only restore your smile, they will also help to keep your mouth healthy and prevent additional dental issues. Are dental implants the right choice for you? Find out when you schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Lawrence today!