While a nice smile is something many people admire, tooth replacement options such as dental implants, bridges, and dentures are so much more than trying to get a beautiful set of teeth; they pose other important purposes as well that are vital to take note of if you’re contemplating on whether or not tooth replacement is right for you.
So, why else is tooth replacement important?
- Teeth aid with speech.
Because teeth have the ability to help us produce specific phonemes, speech is not the same without a full set of teeth. The less teeth you have, the more difficult it will be to create certain sounds, thus making speech unclear for others to understand.
- Teeth also help with eating, an important component of one’s daily life.
Most obviously, teeth are important when it comes to eating. Imagine trying to eat just about anything with missing teeth. Carrots, peanut brittle, sandwiches, steak, hamburgers, and granola bars are just some of the few things that tooth loss sufferers may have to avoid.
Luckily with tooth replacement options, you can ensure you’ll be able to consume your favorite foods, and solid food in general. Even if you only suffer from a few missing teeth, if you suffer from tooth loss due to poor oral hygiene habits, it’s likely you’ll face more tooth loss in the near future. The less teeth you have, the more likely you are to have to cut out your favorite foods from your diet. Act now before it’s too late!
- Dental implants, bridges, and dentures don’t receive cavities like a traditional set of teeth would while still providing a full set of pearly whites in the mouth.
Considering tooth replacement options don’t contain real teeth, you won’t have to worry about cavities or yellowing teeth. This is a plus for a lot of dental patients as it’s something less to worry about and means less emergency dental costs. However, dental checkups and oral hygiene routines are still vital for those with tooth replacements, partial or full.
Keep in find that the mouth is filled with bad oral bacteria that needs to be brushed and washed away to prevent gum disease (periodontitis), oral cancer, and other issues within the mouth and even the rest of the body including the risk of pancreatic cancer. Keep your oral bacteria count down, and expect to have a healthy mouth, general good health, and healthy dental implants/dentures/bridges for years to come.
- Teeth prevent your lips and mouth from sinking in, retaining the natural structure of your face.
Most importantly for some, because teeth protrude from the mouth they way they do, they provide a huge part of your facial structure. The more missing teeth you have, the less structure that’s available in your mouth area. Without teeth at all, the lips and surrounding areas would have no means of support, causing a sinking into the empty mouth. In addition to this, lips begin to curl and wrinkle inwards. Just this alone makes speaking and eating more difficult.