January 7, 2019

You might avoid smiling in public if you have missing teeth, but did you know that they do more than show an empty space when you open your mouth? Leaving a gap in your teeth can lead to more serious complications. The good news is that your dentist should be able to get your oral health back on track. Putting off your visit, on the other hand, could lead to more dire consequences.

Untreated Missing Teeth Lead to More Problems

Your teeth act as stabilizers in your mouth that not only help you to chew food but also to support your jaw bone. This is because the roots of your teeth extend down into the bone, helping it to maintain its shape and density. When you lose a tooth, that root support system is suddenly gone. The bone and gums may start to deteriorate over time. As it deteriorates, it weakens the support of the adjacent teeth, which means those teeth have a much higher risk of falling out as well. This can lead to more missing teeth as well as a misshapen jaw and face. That is all in addition to the fact that missing teeth make it more difficult to eat and talk.

The Advantages of Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial teeth that involve placing a titanium post into the jaw bone and capping it with a natural-looking crown. Dr. Mohammed Khan and Dr. Amber Khan of Hunter’s Creek Dental Center can place a single implant or a few to hold a full arch of teeth. You may choose to have dental implants for the following reasons:

  • They last for decades or a lifetime
  • They are easy to care for – similar to your real teeth
  • They are more stable, so you can still eat the foods you love
  • They do not require removal for cleaning and will not slip
  • They look just like your real teeth

Schedule Your Consultation Right Away

You first need to make sure you are a good candidate for dental implants before undergoing any procedure. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan today.



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