The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Our goal at Donald J. Arima, DDS, PS is to restore normal function, comfort, aesthetics, speech and health to our individuals who are missing teeth.  As our population is aging and growing, an increasing number of people are being affected by the loss of teeth.

Tooth Loss can affect:

  • The way you feel psychologically.
  • Function.
  • Health.
  • Facial aesthetics.

It is not so much about the teeth as it is the bone. The bone surrounding and supporting your teeth require the necessary stimulation that comes from the teeth. The small stresses transmitted through the bone prompts the bone to remodel and rebuild continually. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes bone loss. As the bone loses width, it also loses height, and gum tissues gradually decrease. Your ability to chew and speak may be impaired, and this is what leads to serious aesthetic and functional problems. Toothless people appear unhappy when their mouths are at rest because their lips have sagged while unsupported by teeth and gum tissues. To prevent bone loss as you age, a solution is available that has high patient satisfaction: dental implants.

A dental implant is a tooth root replacement option to which a crown is attached. Dental implants are fully compatible with your jawbone, and they look, feel and function like natural teeth. There is no risk of decay and patients will experience aesthetic and physiological advantages.

To see if dental implants are right for you, call our office to schedule a consultation.