Are you feeling insecure about your smile? Does this insecurity cause you to shy away from friends, skip job interviews and avoid dating? If so, you’re not alone. Many people feel insecure about their smile, and mostly because they are missing a tooth or multiple teeth.
According to statistics from the American College of Prosthetics, more than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth. According to the ACP, about 120 million are missing at least one tooth.
The Causes of Tooth Loss
There are many causes of tooth loss, including:
- Poor oral hygiene contributing to tooth decay and gum disease and eventually leading to tooth loss
- Nutritional deficiency
- Chronic illness
- Some forms of cancer
- Certain medications
- Injury or trauma
Does Missing Teeth Matter?
It sure does. And we’re not just talking about how it makes your smile look. When you’re missing teeth, you’re more susceptible to developing malnutrition, obesity, cancer and some forms of chronic illness such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and high blood pressure.
If that’s not enough, here are four reasons you should consider getting dental implants.
They increase self-esteem. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, so they are a great way to make your smile complete again. Because they are fused permanently to your jaw bone, they also function like natural teeth.
They’re long-lasting. Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper oral hygiene. You can keep your implant healthy by brushing at least twice per day and flossing at least once per day.
They help make eating easier. Eating with missing teeth or with dentures can be awkward or uncomfortable. Since dental implants are fixed, they can help you chew and eat with confidence.
They keep you healthy. Want to improve your oral health after losing a tooth? Dental implants can help! By allowing you to eat a healthier diet, they improve your ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.
Are you considering dental implants and want to learn more? Call Dr. Pollock today at (469)264-8921 to find out if a tooth implant is right for your situation.