Dr. Ronald Watkins and the team at AZ Implant Solutions work hard to replace missing teeth as soon as possible because of the negative impact lost teeth can have on a patient’s oral health and overall well-being. Without a tooth structure, the jaw bone can deteriorate and surrounding teeth may start to shift.
The Domino Effect
Few people realize that a single missing tooth can trigger a domino effect and cause additional tooth loss. Living with a missing tooth can also cause a variety of oral health problems in the long-term. The teeth work together as a unit, so losing even a single tooth puts strain on the other teeth. Over time, the remaining teeth may fracture, drift, tilt, or even break. Adjacent teeth can start to shift into the empty spaces left behind from the missing tooth. This misalignment reduces long-term stability and increases your risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease. This is why it is so important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.
When the domino effect leads to losing multiple teeth, you may encounter more severe complications such as:
1. Impaired chewing abilities. You may have difficulty chewing and be unable to enjoy your favorite foods. Eating a limited diet can compromise your nutrition and lead to constipation, weight loss, indigestion, and rheumatism.
2. Bone loss. When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone deteriorates and then collapses. Since you will experience a significant amount of bone loss within the first year of losing your tooth, it is critical to replace missing teeth with dental implants as soon as possible. Implants can stimulate bone growth just like your natural teeth.
3. Bite breakdown and facial collapse. We tend to chew using the back teeth, and these eventually wear down as we get older. However, any missing teeth can speed up the process of teeth being worn down and lead to facial collapse. When this happens, the chin shifts up towards the nose and the lips form a down-turned crease in the corners of the mouth.
4. Deformity. Even though it can be tempting to hold off on replacing a missing tooth that is not affecting your smile, the domino effect can wreak havoc on your smile and overall facial appearance over time. Bone loss can make your face take on a ‘sunken’ appearance because your lips, tongue, and cheeks no longer have the support they once had.
Dental implant technology has been around for more than two decades and continues to develop and improve. We encourage many patients to consider the benefits of dental implants to replace missing teeth in any quadrant of the mouth because of the high success rate. If you are looking for a life-long solution to replace missing teeth, you may benefit from dental implants.
When you need to replace missing teeth and want to learn more about dental implants in Scottsdale AZ, call AZ Implant Solutions for your consultation!