One big question that we often face with our patients comes during the consultation, or when they’re considering the treatment afterwards. The question is along the lines of, “What would happen if I don’t replace my teeth?” and it deserves an honest answer. Here at Advanced Family Dentistry we understand that patients may hesitate for a variety of reasons, whether it’s the cost or the commitment to the procedure. But take a look below at a few reasons why postponing that tooth replacement could have serious consequences on your health and appearance.
While there are a variety of options in tooth replacements, such as dentures or bridges, it’s dental implants that are rising in popularity. Dentures and dental bridges are typically clipped to your remaining teeth, using these teeth as a support system. While they can be produced relatively quickly, they are prone to natural wear-and-tear and may put undue stress on other teeth or do little to heal the jawbone underneath.
Dental implants have gained popularity due to their ability to both replace your teeth and heal the jawbone underneath. Once placed, the process of osseointegration takes over and the titanium material triggers the underlying jawbone to regenerate. As the bone regenerates, it reduces the appearance of aging around your face, such as wrinkling or hollowed cheeks. It also helps the jawbone to heal from damage by disease, such as tooth decay.
But while we could go on about the advantages of dental implants, there’s also the question of what happens when a tooth is not replaced. Take a look below:
Tooth loss can be shocking and hard enough as it is. But what some patients may not realize is the long-term effects of tooth loss that impact both their appearance and their bodily health.
When a tooth is lost, it not only leaves a gaping hole in your smile, but your jawbone underneath as well. With nothing to fill the gap, the remaining teeth may start to shift out of place, weakening the jawbone. As the jawbone deteriorates, this leads to a hollowing of the cheeks, and a sunken appearance around the jawline. On the outside, you may experience premature aging, such as wrinkling around the mouth and cheeks.
Aside from superficial changes, under the skin might be a different story. First off, tooth loss leaves an open wound that could get infected, especially if the tooth was lost due to tooth decay or gum disease. These infectious diseases can spread to other teeth, if left untreated, causing further complications with your oral health.
In term of bodily health risks, research is currently being done to look into whether bacteria from the mouth can be directly linked to heart, lung, or other bodily health issues. As of now, studies are strongly implying that the answer is yes: patients who have lost multiple teeth or have rampant decay or gum disease have an increased risk for cardiovascular and respiratory problems. The combination of tooth loss and unchecked oral diseases strongly supports the idea that these can greatly impact your body. After all, the mouth is one of the first places that a medical doctor checks when a patient is experiencing health issues, and the source could have begun with your tooth loss.
When it comes to your oral health, there may be no greater loss than tooth loss. If you have lost one or more teeth, or are at risk for losing teeth, please contact us at Advanced Family Dentistry to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. David Taler. Discover your candidacy for this unique dental device to help restore your smile by calling us at (317) 849-1223.