When you lose a tooth, the bone that used to surround it disappears over time. The longer the tooth is missing, the greater the loss. As bone loses width and height, your gum tissue also gradually decreases, causing the distance from the nose to chin to shrink with it and prematurely aging the face. Dental implants are the only treatment for missing or failing teeth that can cease this process and permanently stop bone loss due to lack of use in the area where the teeth were missing.
COMPROMISED AND UNHEALTHY EATING
Aside from the physical consequences of missing teeth, there’s also the risk of malnutrition. As you lose teeth, it becomes more difficult to eat and effectively chew food such as raw fruits, vegetables, and meats. These foods usually become the most difficult to chew if you are missing teeth.
When you lose a tooth, whether from disease or extraction, the lack of stimulation that tooth provides causes the supporting bone in the jaw to dissolve – a process called resorption. The longer the tooth is missing, the more bone loss can occur. One of the most remarkable things about dental implants is that they prevent deterioration. The post fuses with the jawbone, stimulating it so it maintains its size.