Losing Teeth: Consequences and Treatment
Have you ever lost any of your teeth? If yes, then you will surely understand gravity of the situation. Tooth loss is followed by grave consequences, as a person finds it difficult to smile, eat, chew, and speak. Not only it impacts your physical appearance, but your self-confidence may also fade. Although you can enlist a number of ways in which tooth loss can impact your personality, it is the root cause of several health issues.
Often tooth loss is followed by the loss of jawbone
People, who lose their teeth, often end up with misaligned or lost jawbone. Human bones are composed of large quantities of calcium and require constant stimulation to retain calcium density. Our teeth make several momentary contacts throughout the day and provide stimulation to the jawbone.
During every contact a small amount of stress is transmitted to the jawbone, causing it to regenerate. Each tooth contributes in keeping the jawbone stimulated and in case of tooth loss, the amount of stress reduces. Within just 12 months of tooth loss, width of the jawbone decreases by 25%. The bone continues to lose density and within 2-3 years a person can experience up to 4mm longitudinal decrease in the jawbone. This results in reducing the partition between nose and chin, causing the lower part of the face to partially collapse.
Tooth loss can also disturb the alignment of the remaining teeth
Lost teeth leave an empty space which provides a room for other teeth to shift from their original positions. Tooth shifting can cause problems like TMJ (jaw joint pain). A person with misaligned teeth finds it difficult to chew properly and avoids eating raw fruits and meat. This can cause long-term health problems and deficiencies.
One way to prevent all this is Dental Implants
Dental implants, an art of replacing missing tooth, can save you from the problems caused by tooth loss. Here the question arises, how dental implants can stop jawbone loss? Well the answer is simple. Implants are made of titanium which, unlike other materials, has the ability to fuse with human bone. Thus, implants become an integrated part of the jawbone (just like original teeth) and facilitate jawbone density and volume retention.
The procedure of inserting dental implants is quite simple. Dentists perform major surgery and during the healing period, implants are covered with crown. With lifelike crown, implants actually look like real teeth. The surgery has very minute risk of failure and it is considered as the safest tooth replacement option with a success rate of 95%.
You can also consider other tooth replacement options
You have a number of other choices for tooth replacement like fixed bridgework that includes adjacent teeth adjustment or temporary/removable dentures. However, one disadvantage of fixed bridgework or dentures is they leave a long-term impact on the anatomy of gums or the structure that supports them.
For instance, in case of bridgework, adjacent teeth are filled and capped to provide support to bridges. This makes healthy teeth prone to root canal issues and decay problems.
On the other hand removable partial dentures have hooks which clip existing teeth, causing them to lose their strength. Similarly full dentures hook onto bony edges, resulting in accelerated bones loss.
Although these options are considerably less expensive than implants, they have long-term side effects. Not only these methods give temporary relief, but they can also cause other problems. So if you want an enduring investment, dental implants have the best return among all choices.