If you are missing a tooth, or missing several teeth, you can be quite unhappy with your smile. Some people with this issue can go so far as to try and avoid smiling altogether! That being said, there are oral health issues that come with tooth loss that can cause serious issues, and also deserve attention. You may have a harder time biting and chewing, or even speaking. Your jaw function can become increasingly difficult because of adjustments you have to make to these actions. One issue that can catch people off guard is the impact of tooth loss on your jawbone’s health. Over time, the bone can deteriorate. Luckily, your dentist can provide you with prosthetic support that improves your jaw function, while also helping you feel good about your smile once again.
Should I Use Dental Implants To Support A Prosthetic?
Using dental implants to support a prosthetic can have big functional benefits. With implants, you can avoid jawbone resorption – this means not having to worry about your jaw losing mass over time, a problem that will affect people who have lost teeth. Implants create the kind of necessary stability to allow you to more comfortably bite and chew food. They also make it possible to permanently support prosthetics without modifying remaining teeth.
Tips For Avoiding Future Tooth Loss
The most common cause of tooth loss is complications relating to gum disease. Paying attention to the health of your gums today can protect you from future problems. You should also know that leaving tooth loss unaddressed will increase the likelihood of future losses. By replacing any teeth you have already lost, you can protect yourself against this concern.
Talk To Dr. Young About Rebuilding Your Incomplete Smile
Are you interested in restoring your incomplete smile? Michael J. Young, DDS can help by offering prosthetic support that fits your current needs. With implant-supported restorations, you can feel confident in your biting and chewing, while also feeling good about how you look when you smile. Our office proudly offers care for families from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To learn more, contact us today at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.