Close to 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and the problem is more than just a cosmetic one. While a missing tooth may affect your confidence and be a nuisance, there are deeper health concerns and issues that may arise if no replacements are made over time. At Solid City Smiles, we are determined to educate our patients about the dangers of missing teeth and how they can be avoided.

 

Bone Loss

 

When a tooth is lost, the root is removed from the jawbone. This means that there is nothing left to stimulate the bone to regrow and regenerate. Over time, the jawbone can crumble, moving the teeth and changing the shape of the face. Replacing teeth with dental implants ensures that the bone is healthy and growing.

 

Moving Teeth

 

If you lose a tooth and nothing is done to replace it, there is room for your other teeth to shift over time. With no counter acting force to stop them from moving, the teeth may move outward and forward. This can change your bite and cause cosmetic problems and lead to the need for orthodontics. 

 

Overall Health

 

Losing a tooth without replacement can also limit the food you can eat. If your food choices are limited, then your health is at risk. Nutritional changes can lead to medical issues that affect your overall health and well-being.

 

Missing teeth also makes you more vulnerable to gum disease. Gum disease is loosely linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic health conditions. Replacing your teeth with dental implants helps keeps your gums healthy and in turn, your entire body.

 

Give Us a Call

 

Dr. Codelli of Solid City Smiles in Atlanta, GA is a periodontist who can help restore your smile and guarantee that you enjoy the benefits that come from restoration options like dental implants. Call us today to schedule an appointment to determine your best course of treatment.