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The Problem with Missing Teeth

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The Problem with Missing Teeth

Posted by Dr. Mark Kujiraoka in Uncategorized 01 Apr 2017

Missing teeth need to be replaced, but according to Mak DDS in Sacramento, full or partial dentures or dental bridges aren’t the only solution. Dental implants could be the answer if you want to live the rest of your life with strong and natural looking teeth that are just as sturdy as your natural teeth.

Missing Teeth will Age You

According to Dr. Mark Kujiraoka, dental implants will stimulate your jawbone giving it a reason to thrive and survive. If you follow the Mak DDS blog, you will know that missing teeth will cause jawbone deterioration. Once that occurs, your face will begin to look older and sunken in. Without a tooth or implant to support your jawbone, there is no stimulation. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, there is a lack of cheek support making you look gaunt. However, it’s not just the esthetics that you need to consider.

Not Just the Esthetics

The Mayo Clinic says that missing teeth can cause periodontal disease, malocclusion, speech problems, and hypereruption. If you have lost a filling or broken a tooth, you may end up suffering from TMJ disorders.

Malocclusion-Dr. Kujiraoka explains that when you lose a tooth, your other teeth will start to move until they run into something. Those teeth will drift into the missing space negatively affecting your bite. The teeth can rotate or tip. The condition, known as malocclusion, could cause jaw locking and pain in your jaw joints.

Hypereruption-Missing teeth or teeth that are cracked and broken so badly they might as well be missing make it difficult to chew. If you are missing a tooth, it’s a natural response to chew on the opposite side where you have more teeth. A missing tooth also increases your chance of losing more fillings and breaking more teeth because of the added pressure.

Teeth normally touch each other and when one goes missing, hypereruption can occur. In fact, it can be so severe that a large portion of the tooth root will show. See your dentist if this has happened to you as it could lead to root decay.

Speech Problems

When you talk, it involves a complex interchange between your brain and your mouth. Included in the interplay is the interaction of your teeth, lips, tongue, and cheeks. One or more missing teeth will make it hard to talk, and the more teeth you lose, the more difficult it will be to get a word out edgewise.

Dental implants really are the answer to missing teeth, and if you would like to schedule a no obligation dental implant consultation with Sacramento implant dentist Mark Kujiraoka, call or click now.