We are always shocked when we hear about someone who has decided not to pursue treatment for their missing teeth. There is a belief among some people that if their missing teeth do not cause any pain or cannot be seen, then there is no reason to look into replacing those missing teeth. We are here today to tell you that this is not the case. In fact, by failing to restore your missing teeth with treatments like dental implants, you could be opening your mouth to dangerous oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. Today, Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry is blogging from Bethlehem, PA to talk about missing teeth and why you should consider replacing them with dental implants as soon as possible.
The most common result of tooth loss is large, empty gaps that sit between your teeth. These empty spots are all that is left of your missing teeth. We call these gaps food traps because of how easy it is for food to get caught in them. It can be hard, but it is pivotal that you are sure to keep these empty spaces free of food, as this debris accumulates in these areas, attracting dangerous bacteria to your gums. With enough time, infections can form, a condition which we refer to as gum disease. Some symptoms of gum disease include chronic bad breath, red or swollen gums, pain when chewing, and gum recession.
Gum disease shouldn’t be your only worry when it comes to food traps. Another common problem caused by these empty spaces is called teeth drifting. Because the bordering teeth are no longer keeping them in place, your remaining teeth can begin to lean or move into these empty gaps. When this happens, these teeth tend to end up in positions that make them hard to properly brush and floss. And, if your teeth are not being properly cleaned every night, then you may end up developing tooth decay. Some symptoms of tooth decay include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
If you are currently suffering from missing teeth, then we recommend you replace them with dental implants. Dental implants are currently the only treatment for missing teeth that can provide beautiful replacement teeth that work and feel just like natural teeth. And, they take the place of your missing tooth roots, preventing conditions like gum disease and tooth decay from taking a hold of your oral health.
It is very important that you do not wait to restore your missing teeth with dental implants. If you wait too long, not only could you end up having to deal with gum disease or tooth decay, but you may also develop jawbone deterioration, which can make it more difficult to move forward with restoring your missing teeth. If you would like to learn more about treatment with dental implants, please contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry today.
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry
Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery and Implant Center
2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B23
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Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
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