Missing teeth that are not replaced are a problem—and not just something that is detrimental to the way your smile looks. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew your favorite foods. Missing teeth can also lead to more tooth loss.
At Chesterfield Valley Dental, our first choice for replacing missing teeth is always dental implants. Dental implants are often referred to as the “gold standard” for teeth replacement because they offer the form and function that is closest to what you had with your natural teeth.
If you are dealing with one or more missing teeth in Chesterfield, MO, find out more about dental implants and why this investment in your present and future dental health is so important.
Why You Must Replace Missing Teeth
If you are missing just one tooth, you might not think it’s such a big deal. Chances are, you can still manage to chew adequately. If the tooth is toward the back of your mouth, it might not even be noticeable unless you laugh or open your mouth wide.
But when you have a gap in your mouth, your other teeth will eventually start to shift to fill in that space. This means that a bite that might have been comfortable suddenly feels awkward as the teeth have begun to move. You might even be wearing down other teeth now when you bite down. What this means is that you are compromising the health of your teeth—all because of one space in your mouth.
Dental Implants Are Most Like Your Natural Teeth
Dental implants are permanently placed into your jawbone, where they will integrate with your bone over a period of a few months. Once the crown is placed on top of the implant, you can chew all of your favorite foods and smile or laugh without having to feel self-conscious.
Yes, the cost of dental implants is more than that of dentures or a bridge. But with those appliances, you will need to have them adjusted over the years because your jawbone will eventually shrink. This is not an issue with dental implants.
Dental implants are durable and made to last for many years to come. And there are no eating or activity restrictions.
Your long-term health is worth the investment of dental implants. Contact your Chesterfield, MO dentist Dr. Robert Rahm to talk about dental implants today!