Missing teeth can do a lot more than put a hole in your smile. One or more missing teeth can severely affect your oral health. Our dentist in Pleasant Hill can repair your smile and give you natural-looking dental implants.
Theses are just five of the many, many reasons to replace your missing teeth:
1. Bone Loss
Your alveolar bone (the bone that supports your teeth) depends on stimulation from your teeth when they come into contact with each other while you talk, bite and chew. When you lose a tooth, your alveolar bone begins to melt away. You can lose up to 25% of bone width, height and density within the first year of losing a tooth.
2. Shifting Teeth
Your remaining teeth will quickly begin to shift in order to close the gap created by the missing tooth. Your straight teeth will become crooked and could create issues with your bite.
3. TMJ Disorder
Due to your shifting teeth and gradual bone loss, your bite will likely become misaligned. This may lead to jaw pain, headaches and damage to your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
4. Further Tooth Loss
Gum disease and tooth decay are more likely to develop when your teeth are out of alignment, which in turn creates hard-to-reach areas when you’re brushing or flossing. This build up of bacteria and plaque could lead to periodontitis and cause you to lose more teeth.
5. Facial Collapse
All of the changes listed above—especially bone loss—come together to cause noticeable changes in the shape of your lower face. You could appear older than you actually are and may have difficulty speaking clearly and eating properly.
It’s important to replace missing teeth with dental implants as soon as possible to prevent long-term damage.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, please call our dentist in Pleasant Hill immediately at (816) 844-7344 to schedule your consultation. Robert M. Davis, DDS & Associates serve clients in Pleasant Hill, Raytown, Sedalia and surrounding Missouri areas.