Tooth loss greatly affects the appearance of your smile. As soon as you lose even one of your teeth, your entire smile undergoes a dramatically negative change. Your once healthy-looking smile instantly becomes incomplete and unattractive. Even the way you speak will be affected – you may find it difficult to pronounce words especially if the tooth loss is located in the front of your mouth. However, the aesthetics of your smile is not the only negative effect of tooth loss. Your jawbone also suffers because of missing teeth problems.
The healthy condition of the jawbone is maintained through the help of tooth roots, which stimulate the bone tissue to preserve its structure. When teeth go missing, the tooth roots are lost as well and along with them, the stimulation needed by the jawbone to maintain its good health. As a result, the jawbone will slowly undergo deterioration. The jawbone will eventually become thinner with the passage of time, if this problem of lost tooth roots is not addressed. The function and appearance of the mouth area will be negatively affected with this bone deterioration.
Dental implants are designed to replace the role of natural tooth roots in providing continuous stimulation for the jawbone. The implants can prevent the onset of bone thinning, or stop further bone deterioration. The good health of the jawbone can be maintained with the help of dental implants, which will be attached to dental crowns or dental bridge to restore the normal form and function of the smile after tooth loss.