Why should I replace missing teeth?
If you are missing teeth, you may know the answer to this question. Missing teeth can cause low self-esteem, and affect the quality of your life. Many patients with missing teeth feel embarrassed to share their smile or avoid social situations where others may notice they are missing teeth. And that is just half of it. Missing teeth also present a serious threat to your oral and overall physical health.
Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell recommends patients seek treatment as soon as possible to replace missing teeth. Early treatment can help patients avoid the deterioration of their health and quality of life. Missing teeth are associated with a long list of health complications.
Missing Teeth: Associated Risks
Gum Disease: Patients with missing teeth are highly susceptible to developing a condition known as gum disease. A bacterial infection of the gums, gum disease is progressive. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed, and then they begin to recede, pulling away from the bone. This leads to further tooth loss and bone recession.
Bone Loss & Jaw Recession: When teeth are lost, the jaw bone is compromised. The root structures of the teeth are designed to help stabilize the jaw bone and help to regenerate bone tissue. With out all of your teeth, the jaw bone begins to break down and can begin to recede. Jaw recession is common in patients with missing teeth, leaving the face looking sunken in and prematurely aged.
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Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers a range of cosmetic and restorative treatment options for replacing missing teeth. Amongst the most successful treatment options are dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural, long lasting and highly functioning replacement options for missing teeth. To learn more about dental implants and how they can improve your health, and quality of life, contact our Plano, TX dentist office or request an appointment online.