Why It's Important to Replace Missing Teeth
There is 70% of the population that has lost at least one tooth. The most common tooth-loss is one of the back molars. What most people do not know is the effect of tooth-loss causes many significant health and psychological issues which reduce life expectancy of an individual.
Tooth-loss leads to missing chewing surfaces and reducing your biting force. This will prevent you from eating and chewing hard or crunchy foods. Over time, your diet slowly changes. With missing teeth, you will avoid chewing harder foods such as: salad, celery, and fresh vegetable. You will pick softer (easier to chew) foods such as: pasta, mashed potatoes and bread. These are high carbohydrate diets, which lead to weight gains. Underlying health issues associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, have been well documented and proven over many years of medical research. These underlying health issues lead to shorter life expectancy of an individual with missing teeth.
Missing teeth also have profound affect on your psychological status, especially missing front teeth. Missing teeth directly causes the lost of self-confidence and hinder your ability to socialize and to connect with others. These psychological statuses cause you to withdraw, introvert and not be happy, as you should be in life. They can also directly contribute to shortening of your life span. Luckily, with the advance of dentistry over the years there are many ways to restore missing teeth, either by use of a crown, bridge, denture, partial, or recently gained popularity: dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw(stage 1) which anchors in the bone to serve as a root of the tooth. Dental implants have very high success rate due to recent advance in dental implant research and development. The success rate could reach as high as 95% (which is unparalleled in modern medical surgery). When dental implants are fully healed and integrated to the bone (stage 2), implant crowns or bridges can be connected to the implants to restore missing teeth for cosmetic, function, and bite force (stage 3).
Reasons to consider dental implants:
Below you will read why restoring missing teeth by implants has many advantages.