There are many reasons why you may lose a tooth, ranging from decay to trauma. If you have a gap in your smile then you are certainly not alone. It’s estimated that Australian adults have an average of 4.5 missing teeth.
Having a missing tooth feels peculiar, it can also affect your confidence. You will be aware of the missing tooth and this will make you reluctant to smile and, therefore, less confident in a variety of situations. It can quickly have a knock-on effect on your quality of life.
In short, you need to see a reputable Sydney Park dentist and get an implant! But, boosting your confidence and feeling able to tackle anything life throws at you is not the only reason to get an implant.
1. Preservation of Other Teeth
You may not realize it but when you have a gap in your teeth your body will slowly compensate. Over time the other teeth will actually move to close the gap. This sounds like a good thing. However, teeth have deep roots in your jawbone. Their movement will weaken the bone structure, especially as the bone will deteriorate around the missing tooth.
This increases the likelihood of other teeth falling out and can actually change the shape of your face, aging you prematurely.
2. Prevention of Disease
When you are missing a tooth the gum is exposed and this makes it easier for bacteria to damage the gum and access the bone underneath. Over time the gum will harden and make it more difficult for bacteria to get in. But, in the early days, you are much more likely to get an infection which could affect the health of your other teeth or your overall health.
Implants are 98% successful, meaning that they are almost certain to last a lifetime! That’s impressive by any standard. The simple fact is that having an implant allows you to continue your regular oral hygiene schedule and be confident that your implant will be there for years to come.
Of course, the implant won’t decay and it will take an average of more than thirty years for you to need it replaced. That actually makes it a good investment.
We mentioned this already. However, the simple fact is that confidence is key to success in life. Research shows that people with a full set of teeth feel more confident about smiling than those with a gap. The problem is that, if you are constantly thinking about not smiling you will be uncomfortable in a variety of social and business scenarios.
That means you can’t be yourself and you will miss opportunities. It is normal for people who are self-conscious about their smile to reduce the number of times they go to events, ultimately stopping altogether.
In short, an implant may be an expensive option, but, it is an important choice to help maintain your quality of life. That’s hard to put a price on.