Getting a tooth implant is one the best possible way to replace a missing tooth. You can get a single tooth implant or multiple tooth implants at any dental clinic. Tooth replacement prevents your gums and jawbone from getting deteriorated. It improves your speaking and chewing ability. However, sometimes people tend to ignore their missing tooth. They do not feel the necessity to replace their missing tooth especially when the missing tooth is not visible while smiling. Ignoring your missing tooth for too long can result in serious dental complications.
Following are reasons for not ignoring your missing tooth and get is replaced with a tooth implant:
- Loss of Bone: In order to maintain its mass and shape, the jawbone needs simulation. This simulation takes place due to the movement of teeth. As long as the teeth are in the socket, your jawbone will remain intact. Once, a tooth is out of the socket, the jawbone at that place will start losing its shape.
- Resorbed/Disfigured Jaw: The loss of bone slowly leads to resorption. The gap caused due to missing tooth then results into a disfigured jaw. Since the jawbone does not have to support the tooth any longer, it starts to deteriorate. Resorption can also change your facial structure over a cretin time period and you may not even realize it.
- Change in Alignment: When one or more teeth are missing, then your healthy teeth tend to shift their position. This is because earlier the teeth were intact as they had no space to lean. But now with the gap caused due to the missing tooth, there will be a change in your bite alignment. This change in bite alignment can lead to issues like – a headache, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), tooth grinding and worn teeth etc.
- Tooth Decay and Gum Disease: In order to fill the gap, your healthy teeth try to shift their position leaving your gums more exposed. The food you chew will get stuck in the exposed gums between the teeth. This will increase the risk of tooth decay and gum diseases by leaving space for bacteria to breed.
- Bad Breath: The gum disease and tooth decay will slowly lead to bad breath. You may even get an infection at the site of missing teeth.
- Tooth Sensitivity: Expose gums become prone to sensitivity. It’s because the nerve endings holding the tooth are now in direct contact with the food you eat and drink.
- Chewing and Speech Problem: Tooth sensitivity caused due to a missing tooth can also affect your chewing capability. In addition to this, missing tooth can affect your speech. It’s because, in order to pronounce some sounds, your tongue takes the support of the teeth. Our teeth do more than chewing our food.