Tooth loss affects much more than just the aesthetics of your smile. It can lead to drifting of neighboring teeth out of their proper places, difficulty chewing and pronouncing, deterioration of periodontal tissue, and more. But one of the easiest problems caused by tooth loss to overlook is something that occurs out of sight, below the gums - bone loss.
Over the years, even with those who faithfully keep up a regular, proper oral hygiene regimen, gum line recession can gradually creep up on you until it suddenly becomes a noticeable problem.
That said, unhealthy gums are much more prone to recede, and good dental hygiene at home and regular periodontal check ups do much to reduce your risk.
Modern day dental implants solve the many problems created by tooth loss and look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. To a far greater extent than other tooth replacement options, like bridges and traditional dentures, dental implants truly mimic natural teeth to the point you may soon forget you even have implants.
Maintaining good oral health is key not only for your teeth and gums but also for your overall health, as infections and bacteria in the mouth can spread to other parts of the body, leading to heart problems, inflammations, out of control diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.
The majority of US adults will have to deal with some form of periodontal (gum) disease at some point during their lives. Everything from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis can potentially threaten your gums, and by extension, your teeth, oral health, and your overall body health.