Problems from Tooth LossPeople seem to think there's no problem with having a few teeth missing. But missing even one tooth can cause other problems. The adjacent teeth can start to shift or become loose without the support of that tooth. Depending on where the missing teeth are, your chewing may not be complete, meaning you do not obtain as many nutrients as you would with a full set of teeth. If chewing becomes too difficult, softer foods may be consumed more often. Often these foods are higher in calories, less nutritious, and will result in weight gain.
Appearance can be affected over time without all your teeth. The jaw and cheek areas do not have the necessary support and begin to sag, making you look older than you are. Pronunciation of certain words can be lisped, slurred, or simply embarrassing, as teeth play a role in having clear speech. Dental implants are an excellent replacement for missing teeth, whether they need to be inserted in the front or back of the mouth. They come up through the gums giving them the appearance of real teeth. They are very natural looking and blend in with your other teeth for a beautiful smile.
San Diego Smiles
Kurt Christensen, DDS - Steven Krause, DDS, MAGD
337 West Madison Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020
Phone: (619) 442-8841