It’s one of the most common questions from patients with missing teeth: Are dental implants really going to be the solution? The answer to that question depends on your own unique dental profile and history, but the answer is usually yes. Dental implants can be the solution for a very wide range of problems associated with missing teeth, including but not limited to:
All of these problems are rooted in the same core trouble, which is missing a part of your bite line in your teeth. When your teeth aren’t structurally ready to chew food, your muscles will compensate by shifting food forwards or backwards on your teeth. When you consider that the teeth themselves are actually grown into very distinct shapes, you understand that certain teeth have certain functions; some are better for grinding, some are more well equipped for cutting into food.
With a missing tooth, that compensation that your mouth has to do creates stress and strain in the muscles of the jaw, as well as puts strain on other teeth, which may not be equipped to properly grind food down. You also put pressure on teeth at angles they were not intended to push against. It all translates into another dental problem waiting to happen.
Sensitive or painful gums can also occur whenever there’s a gap between teeth, and food makes contact with the soft gum tissue. This leads to scrapes or tears, which can then lead to infections. Likewise, food can become trapped in these spaces and lead to bad breath.
The solution to many of these concerns may in fact be dental implants, and it’s true of both upper and lower teeth in the mouth. A consultation with Dr. Thompson can reveal more about how a missing tooth may be causing problems in your daily life beyond just the visual element of how it effects your smile.