There are several reasons – cosmetic reasons, and health reasons – to have a prosthetic replace a missing tooth. As far as esthetics are concerned, your urgency to seek a replacement may depend on where the tooth is located, and its general visibility. However, the effect on your oral health still deserves your attention. A missing tooth can force you to redistribute effort when you bite and chew, leaving some teeth placed under extra wear and tear. In fact, your risk for tooth loss goes up once you lose a tooth. You may also develop problems with your jaw joints because you have to modify how you naturally speak, and eat. Prosthetic support from a dental implant can eliminate these issues. Not only can it help restore your smile, the implant can also be beneficial to your jaw health.
How A Dental Implant Supports Your Jaw Health
One unique feature of a dental implant is that this type of dental prosthetic actually supports the health of your jawbone. The implant takes up the space your tooth root once occupied, and will create stimulation that benefits the health of your jaw.
Mini Dental Implants
An implant restores stimulation that is lost when your tooth socket is emptied after tooth loss. If you do not replace it in time, your jawbone can start to deteriorate. If your jaw may have trouble supporting an implant because of this, you can receive a mini implant. Mini implants can also help support a set of hybrid dentures.
Treating Gum Disease Lowers Your Risk For Tooth Loss
If you are worried about tooth loss, keep an eye out for gum disease. In its advanced form, periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Your dentist can offer a Perio Tray to combat developing gum disease.