After a tooth extraction, most people are content to just leave the gaps in their teeth as it is without knowing how important replacing the lost tooth really is. Getting a dental implant is one of the most common ways to replace a missing tooth, and there are different reasons it is a necessity.
According to the site edinburghdentist.com, “When teeth are missing or have to be removed the most ideal way of replacing them is to use dental implant supported artificial teeth.”
Prevents teeth from drifting
People tend to ignore gaps in their teeth, especially if it is not that noticeable. Beyond simple aesthetics, one of the reasons why people get implants is to avoid teeth from drifting. Many dentists note that when there is a gap the neighbouring teeth “drift” and try to adjust its position to fill in the space where there used to be a tooth. This changes the height and contours of your gums and can change how your mouth actually bites or chews. In the end, drifting teeth may even change the overall shape of your face.
One of the more frightening effects of not replacing a tooth is bone loss. This is a natural process called resorption; as there is no more tooth, the bone that supports it shrinks over time as the body reabsorbs it. This happens as soon almost right after extraction, and you will begin to notice the dental ridge where the tooth used to be getting wider and deeper over time.
While this may be a natural process, the effects can be debilitating. As the bone shrinks away, so do your gums and you will notice that over time, the space where the tooth used to be will look more like a crater. Additionally, this makes your neighbouring teeth more susceptible to plaque and diseases, since the gum and bone loss exposes the “roots” of your neighbouring tooth.
Getting a replacement tooth can be costly, but the detrimental effects can be pricier in the end. It is important that you fill in the space between your teeth with a replacement to avoid bone loss and your teeth from drifting.