You can’t see my missing tooth, so why should I have it replaced? Why are dental implants important?
Although you might not be able to see a missing tooth, it’s important to replace it with a prosthetic. Dental implants are an especially good option for many patients, because they prevent the bone loss that accompanies a missing tooth. Without a tooth to support, the jaw that once held the missing tooth begins to degrade. This can affect neighboring teeth, and before you know it, you’re not just missing one tooth, but several teeth. Because dental implants are placed into the bone, your jaw maintains its purpose and its integrity, making sure you keep more of your natural teeth as long as possible.
- Both of my parents have worn complete dentures for many years, as have my grandparents. Recently, I lost two of my teeth. Does this mean that I will eventually have to have dentures?
- I lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it. My sinuses always seem to bother me more on that side than on the side that I have back teeth. Could these problems be related to one another?