Missing a tooth is not just unsightly; it's also very dangerous for your overall oral health. People who are missing a tooth may not realize how serious this condition is and how it can affect their mouth and gums, and even other teeth. If you're missing a tooth, consider why it's good to choose a dental implant to replace this tooth, rather than ignoring it or even choosing a dental bridge.
1. Risk of gum disease
When you're missing a tooth, those open pockets in the gum line hold more germs and bacteria. It can also be difficult to brush these areas or reach them with floss, since the gums may be tender and sore. In turn, you may be at greater risk for gum disease, and for decay of the teeth in the surrounding area. A dental implant will cover the gums as would a real tooth, protecting them from this risk.
2. Risk of other teeth coming loose
Teeth next to the open area of gums can start to shift toward this area and in turn, they too can become loose. Teeth are meant to fit snugly next to each other and an open area can mean a lack of support for other teeth. When the bones of the jaw are missing tooth roots, they are not stimulated as they should be and you can suffer bone loss in the jaw.
Both of these can mean that you may eventually lose another tooth when you have one tooth that is missing. A dental implant can provide the support to surrounding teeth that are needed to keep them in place and also keep the bones of the jaw stimulated and healthy.
3. Cleaner than bridges
A bridge is like a set of dentures but with just one or a few teeth attached. These can be a substitute for a missing tooth, but a bridge needs to be taken out and cleaned every day just like dentures. You can also get food particles stuck between the bridge and the gum line. This in turn can lead to tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral health problems.
A dental implant is a permanent solution to a missing tooth, and you clean it just like other teeth as you brush and floss every day. You also won't get food particles stuck around a dental implant, so it's a cleaner choice for your mouth than a bridge. Learn more about dental implants by consulting specialists such as Marcin Zielinski.