Replacing missing teeth can improve your appearance and confidence, but more importantly it prevents a whole range of oral problems from occurring.

When a person loses a tooth or has a tooth extracted, the jaw bone begins to weaken and soft tissue collapses. This causes surrounding teeth to shift out of their normal position because teeth rely on each other for support. The loss of jaw bone density and height means shifting teeth may eventually fall out, causing even more gaps.

Gaps in the first place can affect a person’s appearance as well as their ability to chew with ease and speak clearly. Gaps and shifting teeth make it very difficult to clean between teeth, so the risk of periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay is exacerbated.

What’s worse is that shifting and tipped teeth can disrupt a person’s bite, such as crossbites, overbites and underbites. If teeth no longer fit together properly, grinding, excessive pressure and wear can bring about further tooth damage and a host of other problems, such as headaches and gum irritation, especially when chewing.

Unfortunately, the expense is significantly more to fix the situation at this stage if orthodontic treatment is required. That’s why it can be cheaper and more beneficial to a person’s health to correctly fill the gap immediately with dental implants to avoid jaw misplacement and/or breakdown.

Dental implants and implant-supported bridges (All-on-4s) are the best solution to date for replacing a missing tooth or multiple teeth. They restore the functionality and aesthetics of natural teeth while preventing jaw degeneration.

The dental implant process involves a real-looking prosthetic tooth being anchored into the jaw via a titanium screw. It is permanently fixed, which means candidates can eat a wide and varied diet again without feeling pain. Speech is clear, no messy glues are needed and the fear of the teeth falling out is eliminated. The result is easy-to-care-for replacement teeth that blend in with your natural set, and no one will ever have to know you ever had a gap or two.