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Why Bother To Replace Missing Teeth?

Dental implants are the easiest way of getting rid of that gap where a tooth is missing, but aside from the cosmetic side of things, why would you even bother to replace a tooth if the gap is towards the back of the mouth and not immediately visible?

If you’re considering dental implants in Richmond, then perhaps it is just because you want to get your smile back, or because you feel self conscious about your teeth (or lack of them), but what you should also know is that there are health related issues that can occur if you have one or more teeth missing. So let’s take a further look.

Sagging jaw line

Once you lose a tooth a small area is left on the jawbone that has nothing to support. This means that over time with nothing to support, the jawbone will start to lose its firmness and strength eventually leading to a sagging jaw line and a drawn appearance where your cheek muscles have started to sag, which combined can make you look older than your years.

Bone Re-absorption

This is a term that is used to describe the reduction in bone density within the jaw. Once a tooth is missing the jaw starts to get thinner and lighter, also becoming smaller which changes the look of your face. This risk increases the longer your teeth are missing and becomes an issue if you’re looking to have a dental implant, since a lack of bone density makes it difficult for the dentist to insert the metal implant into the jawbone. This means you will need to undergo a bone graft before your dentist can carry out an implant.

Misaligned Jaw

If there is a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth then the other teeth will start to move over towards the gap which then means they are out of place. This in turn affects their alignment and consequently your bite. Food particles can also get trapped in the gap which increases the risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

Eating problems

Having fewer teeth makes it difficult to chew hard or crunchy food. As a result many people in this position swap such food for softer food which limits their diets to a certain degree. Problems with chewing and swallowing puts more strain on the digestive system and can affect a person’s ability to absorb the right amount of nutrients which are necessary for the body to function properly. This can have a negative effect on their immune system and increase the risk of infection and disease.

So now you can understand why if you’re considering a dental implant in Richmond, it’s a good decision not just for your looks but for your health too.

Sheen Dental is a long established dental clinic specialising in cosmetic and restorative dentistry including dental implants. In Richmond there is no one better positioned to serve the public and with their friendly and relaxed atmosphere and state-of-the-art equipment, they offer dentistry of the highest level. For more information contact them today on 020 8876 5277 or visit their website at www.sheendental.co.uk









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