Will you miss a back tooth if its lost?
70% of Americans is thought to be missing at least one tooth, usually one of the molars in the back. But if you cant see it, does it truly matter? The answer is YES!
The problem with tooth loss is the bone loss that comes with it. The bone that surrounds your teeth, also known as alveolar bone, requires stimulation in order to stay healthy. Without stimulation, the bone gradually melts away. Tooth loss can cause 25% decrease in bone width in the first year alone and more throughout the years that follow.
What happens if bone is lost? If enough teeth are lost, your ability to speak and chew can be impaired. The contour of your lips and face change, making you look noticeably older.
Fortunately, there is a way to keep tooth loss from becoming bone loss; Dental Implants. The dental implant becomes fused to the living bone, which helps the bone stay healthy and functional. To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation today!