What Happens If You Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

Woman thinking about dental implantsTooth loss is a common issue that affects a significant percentage of adults. Many people have lost their teeth to decay, periodontal disease, trauma, or extraction. If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons to address the problem with dental implants, including:

  • Aesthetics: Are you hiding your smile because of tooth loss? Dental implants could be an excellent solution. Implants provide a stable base for natural-looking dental restorations. A restoration such as an implant-supported crown, bridge, or denture can help you achieve stunning results that you’re proud to show off.
  • Chewing function: Missing a tooth, especially a molar, can significantly affect how you chew. You may find it uncomfortable or impossible to eat your favorite foods. Dental implants restore your bite power so that you can chew normally.
  • Speaking ability: Frustrating speech changes can occur when you lose certain teeth. You may find yourself slurring your words, and it may be difficult to make certain sounds. Dental implants can help you speak clearly.
  • Smile preservation: Losing a tooth can set off a domino effect of oral health issues. Your remaining teeth may shift out of place to fill in the gap. This change can cause alignment issues, increase your risk of chips and cracks, and make it challenging to clean between your teeth. In many cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth. Jawbone loss is a significant concern because it can actually alter your facial structure. Over time, the entire shape of your lower face may change and shrink.

Replacing a missing tooth is one of the best things that you can do for your oral health. Dental implants are an excellent option for the right candidates because they are an effective, reliable, and long-lasting way to treat tooth loss. Getting dental implants can help protect you from the long-term consequences of missing teeth.

Learn more about preserving the look and function of your smile with dental implants. Call 403-543-4600 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon Chee. Aesthetic Dental Studio provides state-of-the-art implant dentistry to people from Calgary, Airdrie, and cities across Alberta.

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