It would shock our many teeth restoration patients here at MajorSmiles.com to learn just how many people fail to restore their missing teeth. It seems that these people believe that if a missing tooth is not causing them any pain or cannot be seen, then there is no reason to go about restoring it. What these people don’t realize is that there are many potential oral conditions that can result from the empty spots left behind by missing teeth. Today, Dr. Chuck Majors is blogging to talk about some of the problems that can arise due to missing teeth, for the education of our patients in Bryan and College Station, TX.
Defend Your Oral Health with Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, all that is left behind is the empty spot where that tooth used to be. We call these empty spots “food traps” because of how easy it is for what you eat to get caught in them. It is important to keep these areas clear of debris because if this food is left alone, it can attract dangerous bacteria. This bacteria can create an infection in your gums, which we refer to as “gum disease,” some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, painful chewing, and gum recession.
Tooth loss also happens to have a huge effect on your remaining teeth. It turns out that our teeth work together to keep each other locked in place. When you lose a tooth, it is possible for the surrounding teeth to move or lean into these empty spots. This is called teeth drifting, and what makes it dangerous is the fact that these teeth rarely fall into positions that make them easy to maintain. And, if you are not properly cleaning your teeth, they may develop tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
It is for the reasons above that we recommend you fill your food traps with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are fused to your jawbone just like your natural teeth are. Through a process called osseointegration, your dental implants are accepted by your jawbone and gums as a natural part of your body. This is possible because titanium is a metal that your body does not recognize as an unnatural material, meaning your body cannot even tell the difference between your artificial and natural teeth.
Call and Schedule a Consultation in Bryan, TX
We understand that many of the people who go without teeth restoration treatment do so because of the costs associated with these treatments. It is for this reason that we are proud to offer a variety of different financing options that can help fit dental implants into any patient’s budget. If you would like to learn more about dental implants or our financing options, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Chuck Majors today. We proudly serve patients from Bryan and College Station, TX, and look forward to working with you soon.