How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health
If you are missing one or more teeth, you know the dramatic consequences it can have on your appearance and self-confidence. However you may be unaware of the long-lasting effects on your overall oral health. Fortunately, if you are missing teeth our Cypress, TX, practice offers several advanced treatments to restore your smile and health.
Imagine your teeth like a tower of blocks. Each block helps to keep the nearby units in place. When one block is removed, the entire tower will topple. It is similar with your oral health. Each tooth helps to keep the adjacent teeth in place. When a tooth comes out, the rest of them will shift to fill in this space. Over time, your full dental arch could become severely misaligned. On top of that, the adjacent top or bottom tooth will also try to fill the gap in your smile. Eventually, that tooth could grow out of the socket. Misalignment will not only affect your appearance, it will also disrupt bite balance, and increase your risk for dental decay.
You may have noticed that long-term denture wearers have a changed facial structure. This is because healthy teeth and a healthy jawbone are directly linked. Your dental roots send important signals to the surrounding bone tissue. These tiny shock waves stimulate bone regeneration. Without those signals, your bone will start to shrink. Even a single missing tooth can cause significant jawbone recession over the course of a year.
To protect your smile and jaw health, Dr. Councill and Dr. Glass offer numerous tooth replacement options. Traditional bridges and dentures can renew your dental function and repair your smile. With our careful treatment planning and fabrication process, your restoration will be comfortable and highly lifelike. However, even these beautifully crafted synthetic teeth cannot protect your jawbone health. Because implants actually replace your dental roots, they can provide the necessary regenerative signals. Dr. Councill can provide single and multiple implants. In many cases, he can even place full implant-supported dentures.