Missing teeth can be more than just a cosmetic issue. If you are missing teeth, you are already aware of the many negative effects tooth loss can have on your appearance and oral function without restorative dentistry. You may no longer be able to enjoy the foods you love and even change the way you chew your food. The way you sound when you speak also changes, because the support structure in your jaw is deteriorating. Without the supportive tooth root your gums persistently recede. Moreover, without the supportive element of your teeth, your jaw will begin to weaken, and even shrink, causing your cheeks and lips to droop. Add to that list effects to your oral and overall health and you know that it is time to replace those missing teeth.
In the past, dentures were one of the only solutions available to remedy missing teeth. Dentures lack the bite power of real teeth, forcing denture wearers to still avoid some of the foods they enjoy. Moreover, the damage to the jaw does not decrease with the addition of dentures. Dental implants can preserve your facial structure, stop additional bone loss, and create a secure section to adhere dental bridges. However, the biggest and most important aspect to dental implants is a beautiful, strong and healthy smile.