Here at Dentistry of Nashville, our many dental implant patients would be shocked to discover just how many people refuse to replace their missing teeth. Many people believe that if a missing tooth cannot be seen or isn’t causing any pain, then there is no reason to replace that tooth. However, these people are not aware that there are actually many negative conditions that can arise due to missing teeth which can lead to even more lost teeth. Today, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming are blogging from Nashville, TN to talk about just some of the problems that can arise due to missing teeth.
Defend Your Oral Health with Dental Implants
When you lose a tooth, all that is left behind is the empty space that tooth used to take up. We call these spaces “food traps” because of how easy it is for food to get caught in them. It is important that you fill food traps with dental implants as quickly as possible because the debris that gets caught in them is incredibly hard to clean out once it’s in there. And, with enough time, this stuck food can cause an infection in your gums, which is referred to as gum disease. Some symptoms of gum disease include chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, and gum recession.
Another way that food traps hurt us is because they allow teeth drifting. Our teeth work to keep each other locked firmly in place. When you lose a tooth, it is possible for the surrounding teeth to begin drifting or leaning into these empty positions. When this happens, these teeth tend to end up in positions that make them hard to keep clear of plaque. And, if you are unable to keep plaque off of your teeth, you will begin to experience tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
The best way to stop both of the problems spoken of above is to fill these empty spots with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from titanium that are bonded to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. Osseointegration works to integrate your dental implants into your oral anatomy, convincing your body that they are no different from your remaining natural teeth. This process is only possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a biocompatible alloy that your body doesn’t recognize as unnatural.
Call and Schedule a Consultation with Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming
We understand that one of the main reasons why so many people fail to restore their missing teeth with dental implants is because of the costs associated with teeth restoration treatments. For this reason, we are happy to provide our patients with a variety of different financing options that can help fit dental implants into any patient’s budget. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how we can help you finance your treatment with them, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant providers, Drs. Elam, Vaughan, and Fleming, today.