Tooth loss can be embarrassing, but it’s more than just an issue of aesthetics. Even one missing tooth can cause serious problems for your oral and general health. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of ways to replace missing teeth and get your life back on track.
When you lose a tooth, all your remaining teeth are instantly put under additional strain when you bite and chew food. Often they also move into the gap left behind, becoming crooked and harder to clean in the process, which increases your chances of tooth decay, gum disease, and ultimately of losing more teeth.
Multiple tooth loss puts severe restrictions on your diet. It can be hard to eat healthily and get all the nutrients you need for your general health and wellbeing if you are limited to a diet purely of soft foods – or in some cases liquids. Speech can be affected, too, and your self-image and confidence can suffer a severe body blow, which is bad for your mental health.
At Bow House Dental in Hertfordshire dental implants are the treatment of choice for tooth loss. These titanium tooth roots are designed to anchor false teeth – in crown, bridge, or denture form – firmly in place in your mouth, whilst also helping to prevent the jaw bone shrinking.
Loss of bone density is very common when teeth are missing, and is frequently seen in patients who wear traditional dentures. It alters the fit of said dentures, making them increasingly loose and unwieldy – which again has dietary, speech, and confidence consequences – and can also change the whole appearance of the face, leading to a prematurely aged look.
Not being able to eat a healthy diet full of nutrients is a serious problem, and problems with the teeth or missing teeth play a large contributory factor. It can increase your chances of developing infections or other illnesses and can cause you to feel permanently weak and tired.
Restoring your teeth with dental implants will help to ensure you can continue to enjoy a balanced diet and even the occasional treat, helping you to stay happy, healthy, and strong for life.