Most people are concerned about the appearance of their teeth, especially when talking about the front teeth. This is because when you smile, people make a ton of decisions about you. They determine how educated you are, how attractive you are, how intelligent you are and your financial status. If you have healthy teeth, people tend to think the best of you. However, if you have broken or crooked teeth, people think less than the best of you. This is one of the reasons why tooth replacement procedures are becoming more and more popular in the world of dentistry.
Unfortunately, many people ignore problems with their back teeth. If they have to get a back tooth pulled, it’s unfortunate, but they don’t really feel like they need to do anything about it because the cosmetic effect of losing a back tooth is not as powerful as that of losing a front tooth. What they do not understand is that in addition to being cosmetically important, your teeth play an important role in the overall health of your mouth and your face.
When gaps in your teeth are left for a long period of time, they can lead to some very serious oral health problems, and eventually you will need drastic restorative or cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dental implants have been changing the way that people look at missing teeth. Unlike bridges that are temporary, a dental implant is permanent, and it basically replaces the lost tooth. Having a high-quality dental implant installed in the long term will save you time and money.
If you do not replace the missing tooth with some type of tooth replacement procedure, you may have to deal with some very serious oral health issues, such as:
• Tooth Shifting – When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth start to drift around your mouth, attempting to fill in the gap. As a result, your teeth shift out of alignment. Your smile can quickly turn into something that is crooked. The sooner you use a dental implant to replace the tooth, the less shifting will occur.
• TMJ Syndrome – When your teeth start to shift out of alignment after you have lost a tooth, it is common for you to develop bite problems. As a result, your upper and lower jaw will not meet properly. This puts strain on the jaw joint, which can lead to TMJ.
• Gum Disease/Tooth Decay – When your teeth start to shift out of alignment, it can become difficult to reach certain teeth with a toothbrush or dental floss. So, you are unable to remove bacteria as quickly as you would like, which leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
Your teeth are vital to your overall health. Protect your teeth by replacing any missing ones with tooth replacement procedures at Implant Dentistry of Virginia. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Virginia Beach.