Your appearance isn't the only thing that changes after tooth loss. Biting difficulties, shifting teeth, and other problems can all occur as a result of losing one or more teeth. Fortunately, dental implants provided by your Lake Oswego, OR, dentist, Dr. Colin Smith, can help you restore your smile.
The Consequences of Tooth Loss
Losing a tooth, whether the loss occurs due to an accident, tooth decay, or another reason can be more challenging than you anticipated. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded of the dramatic change in your appearance. Even if the gap in your smile isn't visible, you may still experience one or more of these tooth loss consequences:
- Eating Difficulties: Eating is no longer second nature if you've lost teeth. Tearing, grinding, and chewing may become difficult depending on the location of the lost tooth. If you only chew on one side of your mouth, stress and wear may increase on those teeth.
- Poor Nutrition: A healthy diet is essential for good health. If chewing becomes difficult, you may avoid certain foods or even omit entire food groups. Without a mix of nutrients in your diet, your health may be affected.
- Shifting Teeth: After tooth loss, your teeth begin to move as they try to fill in the gap in your mouth. When the teeth drift, they may begin to overlap. The change to the alignment of your teeth not only affects your appearance, but it may also change the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you close your mouth.
- Jawbone Resorption: Resorption occurs when your jawbone shrinks due to loss of stimulation from tooth roots. As the bone shrinks and weakens, some of your teeth may begin to loosen. If the bone can't adequately support facial muscles, you may experience sagging in the lower part of your face.
Dental Implants Help You Avoid Common Tooth Loss Consequences
Dental implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Thanks to innovative implant technology, it's possible to create a brand new synthetic tooth. The process starts when you undergo minor oral surgery to implant tiny titanium posts in your jawbone. The posts bond to your jawbone, replacing your lost tooth roots.
When bonding is complete in a few months, you'll visit the Lake Oswego dental office for the next step in the process. Your dentist will add tiny screws to the tops of your implants and make an impression of your mouth. The impression is used to create dental crowns to restore the visible parts of your teeth. Once the implants are connected to the crowns with the screws, you'll have fully functioning teeth that act and feel like your natural teeth.
Do you have missing teeth? Dental implants can fill the gaps in your smile. Call your dentist in Lake Oswego, OR, Dr. Smith, at (503) 635-3653 to schedule an appointment.