It would shock our many teeth restoration patients to discover just how many people every day choose to go on without restoring their missing teeth. It seems that these people believe that if a missing tooth is not causing them any pain or cannot be seen, then there is no reason to restore that missing tooth. What they don’t realize is that the empty spaces left behind by missing teeth are opening your mouth up to many different potential conditions. Today, Dr. Chao is blogging from Pleasanton, CA to talk about some of the conditions you may face if you fail to restore your missing teeth.
When you lose a tooth, all that you are left with is the empty spot where that tooth used to reside. We call these empty spaces “food traps” because of how easy it is for food to get caught in these areas. It is important to keep these spots free of debris as it is possible for bacteria to be attracted to them. This bacteria can cause an infection in your gums, which we refer to as gum disease. Some symptoms of gum disease include chronic bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, painful chewing, and gum recession.
Another potential problem that can come about because of food traps is called tooth decay. You see, our teeth work together to keep each other locked firmly in place. When you lose a tooth, the teeth that surrounded it can begin to lean into or move into the empty space left behind. We call this teeth drifting and the teeth that go through it tend to fall into positions that make them hard to keep clear of plaque. If you are unable to properly maintain your teeth, you open yourself up to tooth decay, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and gum disease.
It is to prevent these conditions that we highly recommend our patients suffering from missing teeth fill their food traps with dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are fused to your jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This process is only possible because dental implants are made from titanium, which is a metal that your body does not recognize as unnatural. Through this process, we are able to provide beautiful replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth.
We understand that the reason why many patients fail to restore their missing teeth is because of the costs associated with teeth restoration procedures. It is for this reason that we are happy to offer a large variety of different financing options that can help fit dental implants into any patient’s budget. If you would like to find out whether or not you might be a good candidate for treatment with dental implants, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with dental implant provider, Dr. Maggie Chao.
Dr. Maggie Chao
1475 Cedarwood Lane Suite C
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Monday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4:30PM
Friday: 9AM – 4:30PM