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March 9, 2021
Are you missing a tooth or multiple teeth through injury, tooth decay or a previous extraction? You already know some obvious issues. Missing teeth can be unsightly, make it difficult to eat and even create problems with speech. But did you know there are more serious issues going on that you can’t immediately see?
When you lose a tooth root, the bone in the jawbone is no longer stimulated in that spot. This reduction in bone density can cause a lack of structure which can lead to a sagging or aged appearance in the face.
A way to maintain bone density is through a dental implant. The implant acts as a root which stimulates bone.
Going a long time with a hole in your smile might have already lead significant bone density loss. Your WNC Rockcliff Oral Surgeon will evaluate and determine if you need a bone graft before a dental implant is an option.
Seeing a maxillofacial surgeon about missing teeth as soon as possible is your best option. The more quickly you make an appointment and a get an established plan, the more quickly you will be on the path to better dental health, a better look and healthier self-esteem!