Not everyone you see with missing teeth has lost them to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. In fact, a surprisingly high number of people are missing teeth due to hypodontia.
Hypodontia is a condition in which several teeth actually fail to develop. Not only does this cause embarrassment and difficulties with chewing and speech, but it can also result in a misaligned bite and insufficient alveolar bone growth, both of which lead to even more dental problems.
The good news is that dental implants provide a natural-looking solution that can positively impact the lives of those with hypodontia.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root made from titanium that is surgically positioned in your jawbone. Over time, the implant fuses to the bone and provides a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace one or several missing teeth.
Is it really that bad to have missing teeth?
The answer here is a resounding yes. Your teeth don’t just help you smile and chew. They also stimulate your gums and bones and help provide structure to your face. When you have missing teeth, your gums begin to pull back, and your jawbone begins to shrink, weakening the foundation for the rest of your teeth. In turn, the teeth you have left shift and even collapse.
In other words, missing teeth often result in…more missing teeth—as well as the loss of facial structure. Your cheeks and lips sink in, causing you to look older and less attractive. And, not surprisingly, difficulties with chewing and speaking arise.
So, is it really that bad to have missing teeth? Yes, it really is that bad.
How dental implants can help
Replacing missing teeth with dental implants can significantly increase the quality of life for people with hypodontia. Dental implants will:
- Prevent your natural teeth from shifting into the empty spaces.
- Help keep your jawbone and gums stimulated and healthy.
- Provide you with a sturdy foundation for chewing your favorite foods.
- Help you speak with clarity and ease.
- Preserve your youthful facial structure.
- Give you a bright and confident smile.
And what’s more, dental implants look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. No one will know the difference.
What kind of care do dental implants require?
The care of dental implants is quite simple:
- Brush at least twice a day.
- Flossing daily.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
- Do not bite hard objects (pen caps, etc) or use your teeth to open things (cans, packages, etc).
- If you have a tendency to grind your teeth while you sleep, ask your dentist about getting fitted for a night guard.
With good care and a proper oral maintenance routine, your dental implants can last a lifetime!
Let us restore your smile with dental implants
At Dental Implant Experts in San Diego, we’ve seen firsthand how dental implants positively impact the quality of life for thousands of people with missing teeth. Whether you’re missing teeth due to hypodontia, tooth decay, gum disease, or injury, give us a call and let’s discuss whether dental implants are right for you.