Our teeth usually work as a unit, chewing our food thoroughly and helping us form words properly. If you have lost a tooth or several teeth, you may notice that chewing is more difficult and, depending on which teeth you have lost, your speech may be affected. However, there are other effects of tooth loss that you may not even notice until they become an issue. Dental implants provided at our office near Minneapolis can restore your teeth permanently and head off much larger problems in the future.
Tooth and Jaw Stress
When a permanent tooth is removed, your other teeth take more stress. As you chew, even if you stick to a softer diet, you are placing your remaining teeth under a lot of strain. This can cause chipping, cracking and uneven wear, all of which can be painful and cause you to lose even more teeth. This is an especially big problem if you are relying on one side of your mouth to do all the chewing, as this places uneven stress on your jaw. This can lead to pain, eventual arthritis and even migraines. Having the teeth replaced with dental implants allows you to chew properly, on both sides of your mouth without placing extra stress on your natural teeth.
Some of the healthiest food available is also hard, chewy or, at the very least, crisp. Raw vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds and lean meats are some of the most nutritious choices you can make, but having lost teeth you may shy away from them and instead choose softer processed foods that have a lower nutritional value. This can impact your health in many ways, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies, anemia and digestion problems from lack of fiber. By having dental implants installed, you can feel confident biting into and chewing raw, chewy or crisp foods for life.
If you’re missing a secondary molar, it’s unlikely anyone will notice. Anything from the first molar forward, however, can be very obvious to others. This is especially true if you have lost a front tooth. You may find yourself covering your mouth with your hand when you smile or laugh or, worse, stopping yourself from smiling or laughing all together. You may hesitate to eat in public, especially if you cannot bite into food properly with your incisors and are using your bicuspids to take bites or are simply ripping bites off with your fingers to place in your mouth. If you are embarrassed by the aesthetics of your lost tooth or are forced to chew like an unmannerly child, dental implants can give you back your healthy smile and your adult table manners.
Our teeth have an effect on the rest of our body, our diet and our social interactions. Dental implants can give you back the ability to chew, speak, laugh and smile without a single hesitation. If you live in Minneapolis or the surrounding area and are ready to explore your options, we can help you learn more about the benefits of dental implants at Distinctive Laser Dentistry in Saint Louis Park. We look forward to hearing from you and reviewing your case. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment!