Missing Teeth Are a Health Concern
Our teeth play an important function throughout our lives. Each of our permanent teeth is used every day to eat and speak. When teeth are missing, our bodies are incomplete, and problems can arise.
When a tooth is lost, the bone that would ordinarily hold the tooth starts to be reabsorbed. This process takes place quickly. As the bone breaks down, the area around the missing tooth often shifts. Gums take on a different appearance, and the gum line can start to affect the way the lips look and function.
Over time, many people with one missing tooth eventually lose other teeth, develop gum disease, and have trouble with gum recession. If they develop gum (periodontal) disease, they may also be at heightened risk for heart disease, diabetes complications, and other issues.
The answer is to fill in the missing tooth or teeth with dental implants or implant-supported dentures. This protects the remaining teeth and provides a solid barrier against the negative effects of a missing tooth.