What you may find yourself most focused on when you lose teeth is the way your smile looks. After that, you may notice that the openings aren’t doing much for you when it comes to making eating very easy (and certain words may become hard to pronounce). Did you know that beyond these more obvious details are additional, oral health related reasons to work with us sooner rather than later to choose a tooth replacement? You may be surprised that treating tooth loss right now is actually your best bet.
It Leads To Jawbone Loss
One of the reasons we provide dental implants is due to the fact that it’s one way to keep your jawbone safe when you’re dealing with tooth loss. This is a very simple detail: Your teeth basically “tell” your jawbone when you chew or press teeth together that they are present. In response, your jaw “knows” it needs to stay healthy. Your body sends it what it needs to maintain health (like nutrients). When teeth go missing, this communication ends and jaw tissue may deteriorate. Placing implants will let the “conversation” resume, allowing jaw tissue to remain safe.
It Causes Misalignment (And Associated Disorders)
Your teeth are firmly planted within your jaw tissue. However, as you know from the field of orthodontics, teeth can shift side to side. When tooth loss occurs, teeth will shift in this fashion in an effort to fill the entirety of your dental ridge. The result? As you may have just guessed, it’s misalignment. Once your teeth are out of order, your bite is no longer what it once was. Unfortunately, bite balance issues promote bruxism and TMJ disorder. Avoid all of this by seeing us ASAP for replacement plans.
Treat Tooth Loss With Us Soon
Remember that we offer dental implants and dental bridges to help you replace missing teeth with stable, long-lasting results. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.