At Platte Valley Dental Care in Platte City, Missouri, we often recommend dental implants to patients who have lost teeth due to trauma or extensive decay. In fact, most dentists (and patients, as well) prefer dental implants over any other method of restoring missing teeth.
What Happens When You Lose Your Teeth?
A few issues immediately come to mind. First of all, you are not able to bite or chew the way you once did. Second, you are probably going to try to keep people from noticing the gaps in your mouth. You will likely smile less, if at all, and might try to avoid opening your mouth much when speaking. Laughing in public will be a thing of the past.
There is a third consequence of missing teeth, though, and it is not something that most people typically think about. This is the fact that any teeth you have left are going to do their best to crowd into the gaps. It is your body’s natural response to missing teeth, but in this case, your body is a bit misguided. This can result in a bad bite, and can even lead to further tooth decay.