Fight the Signs of Aging with Dental Implants

Aging comes with its perks, and it also comes with some unwanted side effects. One of the most surprising results of aging are changes to oral health. While it is of course smart to take the best care possible of your teeth, brushing and flossing every day and maintaining preventive care appointments, even the most diligent dental care isn’t always enough to trump your DNA or an accident. Missing teeth can and do happen – along with their own host of undesirable side effects – and one of the best ways to resolve the problem of missing teeth is with dental implants.

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Know the Signs of Aging Teeth

Aging Smile

Aging smiles are more prone to problems than youthful smiles. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to developing gingivitis and then full-blown periodontal disease. While bleeding gums can certainly be a typical sign of aging, especially for women who are experiencing hormone changes, this problem is not something to be ignored.

If you notice that your gums bleed easily, you need to know that there is likely something happening under the surface. The bleeding could be an early sign of gum disease. When allowed to fester and grow, periodontitis can result in loose and, eventually, lost teeth.

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Missing Teeth Are a Big Problem

If you think that one or two missing teeth are no big deal, especially if you’re talking about molars that are in the back of your mouth and are hard to see anyway, you’re being too blasé about your oral health. You should never allow any holes or spaces in your smile to go on for too long, and there are three very big reasons why:

  • Disease: If you haven’t lost your teeth as a result of gum disease, the sudden absence of teeth in your jaw can leave your gums susceptible to bacteria and plaque build-up. It won’t take long for periodontal disease to come to nest in your mouth now that there is a generous space for it to roost. Filling in the spaces in your smile will help protect your mouth from further oral health problems.
  • Disintegration: Eventually, the shape of your face will begin to change as a result of the teeth that are absent from your mouth. A missing tooth means that the tooth’s roots are also gone and that results in a jawbone that is no longer being stimulated in that particular area. Without the proper structural needs fulfilled, your jaw and mouth can begin to fold in on itself. The more teeth you lose, the more shrunken your face will become, leading to a prune-like mouth and condensed jaw.
  • Discomfort: If your missing tooth was giving you pain before it fell out or was pulled out, you are probably feeling relief now that the tooth is out of there. But you undoubtedly feel a new kind of discomfort with a missing tooth or teeth. Not only will your mouth feel weird with holes in your smile, but you will also be unable to bite and chew certain foods. Your diet will be compromised because of the impaired functionality of your teeth. And your overall health and wellness will suffer in the process.

Dentures are always an option for missing teeth, and they can be designed to work in tandem with dental implants, but for people who want to repair their teeth completely and forget about any missing teeth, dental implants are the convenient and long-lasting choice. Contact your implant dentist Brooklyn at Bright Smile Design Dental to find out whether dental implants are right for you.

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