Tooth loss can be a detrimental aspect of your life, especially when left untreated. Others may see you differently, you’ll experience difficulties with simple actions, and you can even worsen your oral health. However, dental implants can help reduce the damage caused by missing teeth and improve your overall well-being. Learn about the effects of tooth loss and how Dr. Carley can restore your smile, health, and confidence.
Loss of functionality.
Living with a permanently lost tooth can put a number of limitations on your daily routine. Have you ever gone out to a nice dinner, ordered a steak, and realized you can’t chew it? How about carrying on a conversation but you find yourself constantly slurring or mispronouncing words?
Tooth loss can make these simple, everyday tasks quite a burden. No one should have to struggle when talking or eating. That’s why dental implants have become the best restorative treatment that offers functionality that can’t be found elsewhere. They’re secure and durable, allowing them to act just like a natural tooth root which makes it much more enjoyable for you to eat and speak.
Increased risk of oral infection.
Unwanted spaces between your teeth can be a major attraction for bacteria, food particles, and even plaque. These gaps in your smile can act as a trap for germs, allowing them to rapidly grow into bigger issues, and making it more difficult to get rid of.
The risk of oral infections, such as gum disease or tooth decay, will be increased if you continue to live with missing teeth. Once you have an infection, it’ll make it harder for Dr. Carley to place dental implants and decrease the success of your restoration. To avoid further complications with your oral health, it’s best to seek immediate care after losing a tooth.
Weakening of the jawbone.
When you chew and bite down, your tooth roots help stimulate your jawbone by applying the necessary force and energy it requires to function properly. When you’re missing teeth and don’t have a tooth root present to help keep your jawbone active, your bone density will begin to deteriorate and your jawbone will weaken and begin to shrink.
Once this bone loss begins, it will only get worse the longer you wait. Your natural facial structure will change, altering your appearance and making it more difficult for Dr. Carley to place dental implants.
Luckily, if you visit our Santa Barbara dental office before this transformation begins, dental implants can help prevent further bone loss. Dental implants are the only restoration treatment that can do this as they protect the strength and structure of your jaw and the surrounding area.
It’s a known fact that as you age, your appearance will change and most people will get wrinkles on or around their face. But, did you ever think this could happen at a younger age if you’ve permanently lost a tooth or multiple teeth from trauma or decay?
Since your jaw will lose its shape when you have teeth missing, your skin will loosen and begin to droop down. As your face changes, you may slowly start to appear much older than you are and some people might not even recognize you. Dental implants are capable of preventing this issue by protecting your jawbone and maintaining your facial structure.
When our patients come in looking for a tooth replacement option, we can see the psychological damage it’s caused. No matter if they’ve been missing a tooth for a week or for 10 years, we understand the effects it can have on a person’s mental health and well-being.
Our society is very judgemental of other people’s appearance. If something looks “off” on another person, their instinct is typically to automatically consider them to be insignificant or unattractive. These dismissive perceptions of others can greatly impact someone suffering from tooth loss.
Many of our patients who are missing teeth say they often feel embarrassed to go out in public, they don’t want to laugh or smile, and they even have trouble making friends sometimes. Dr. Carley doesn’t want anyone to be afraid to live their life.
No matter the number of missing teeth, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, meaning most people won’t even realize you have prosthetic teeth in. You’ll be confident to smile, laugh, and go out with your friends again.
Increased likelihood of pain.
Empty sockets can easily leave your mouth susceptible to discomfort, irritation, and sensitivity. Even when you brush or floss, or take a bite out of certain foods, you’ll feel an unwanted sensation on your open gums.
Our dental implant solutions will act as a natural tooth root and protect these open areas from pain and infection. You’ll be able to live with comfort and freedom again with your new smile.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
Did you know the simple act of smiling can genuinely make you happier? No matter if you’re forcing it out or you’re authentically smiling, our body releases chemicals called endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine that naturally makes us feel better.
If you’ve been afraid or embarrassed to smile, you may notice yourself to be unhappy and even depressed at times. These emotions are associated with tooth loss and can heighten as you live with gaps in your smile.
Don’t you want to feel excited about your days again? Dental implants can help you live your most joyous life. They’re a long-lasting tooth replacement solution that radiates a happy, healthy, and beautiful smile.
Improve your Quality of Life with Dental Implants
There are many options to help prevent damage from missing teeth. In Santa Barbara, Dr. Carley can restore your beautiful smile and prevent health risks associated with missing teeth. Contact Mountain and Sea Dental And Associates today to schedule an appointment.