Santa Cruz Family Dentists | Smile With Confidence in Santa Cruz

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Replacing Missing Teeth with Mini Implants

Missing teeth may cause misaligned bite, bone loss, and even low self-esteem. Food can go into these spaces, leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Our clinic provides treatments that may correct your misaligned bite and other dental issues.

To provide you a guideline, here are some effects of missing teeth:

Gum Disease

Gum disease starts from bacteria and plaque in the mouth and may advance to periodontitis and tooth loss. Bacteria in your mouth may cause deterioration of the supporting bone and gum tissue. If food remnants are lodge on the tooth and below the gum, these will produce germs that irritate and damage the gums. Avoid gum disease by replacing your missing tooth with an implant. Doing this may also prevent other serious health problems, such as heart disease and stroke.

Bite Misalignment

Each tooth is important to the proper alignment of your bite. All present teeth support one another from shifting. When you neglect your missing teeth, your other teeth will begin to shift or move to available spaces. Your remaining teeth may also start growing downwards or upwards as they have nothing to chew against, and may loosen eventually.

Bone Loss

Your teeth help support the jawbone by applying pressure when you chew food. It keeps the bone cells from dissolving. When your tooth root is absent, the bone cells begin to die. If many or all of your teeth are missing, the entire jawbone deteriorates and dramatically affects the appearance of your face. This makes you look much older than you really are.

Restoring missing teeth with mini implants may improve your smile and the shape of your face. This enhances both your dental health and self-esteem. Make an appointment with us as early as possible to avoid further problems and treat any missing teeth. Call us at 831-440-7577 for a consultation.