Yes, losing a tooth can be a nasty experience. The immediate problem is that you lose proper function of your mouth. Chewing your food is more difficult. Talking sounds weird too, especially if you’ve lost one of the front teeth. What’s more, smiling with a big gap in your teeth can feel embarrassing. You feel self-conscious about your smile, because let’s face it, it doesn’t look good.
The long-term problems of missing teeth
The next issue is that missing teeth can have serious implications for your long-term oral health. Leave that missing tooth untreated and you could end up losing more teeth around it. At the very least, the surrounding teeth will start to slide towards the gap left behind by your lost tooth. Dental implants in Milton Keynes can prevent long-term oral health issues that come along with missing teeth.
Jawbone shrinkage as a result of lost teeth
Here’s another problem that can come up with missing teeth. Did you know that they can cause jawbone shrinkage? Your jawbone receives vibrations from your teeth when you chew. Your teeth and jawbone need to be stimulated by chewing in order to stay healthy. When you lose a tooth, your jawbone stops getting vibrations from a tooth in that area. Without this vibrational stimulation, your jawbone thinks it’s not needed anymore. It begins to resorb back into your body where the nutrients can be better used elsewhere. This leaves your jawbone weak and shrunken, it’s what can lead to surrounding teeth becoming loose and eventually falling out if not treated. Luckily, dental implants in Milton Keynes can prevent your jawbone from becoming weak and shrinking by sending these much-needed vibrations to your jawbone when you chew.
How to prevent a weakened jawbone
Here at Northlight Dental, we help our patients to prevent problems that come along with missing teeth by fitting dental implants in Milton Keynes. Dental implants are small titanium replacement tooth roots that are fitted directly into your jawbone. We fit natural-looking crowns on top of them. Once in place they work much like normal teeth. Other people will not be able to tell that you’ve got a dental implant in your mouth.