Missing teeth affect the way you smile, talk, and eat. Tooth loss can also have an impact on the shape of your face and the structure of your jaw. Dental implants are a great solution to tooth loss, and here at the Fresno office of Dr. Curt P. Posey we offer this treatment to qualifying patients.
Causes of Tooth Loss
You can lose a tooth for one of several different reasons, such as:
Negative Effects of Tooth Loss
When you lose one or more teeth, the longer you go without having the situation treated, the more harmful the effects are. The teeth adjacent to the gap begin to move to close the space. This shift can have a negative impact on your remaining teeth and on your bite.
As your teeth move, new spaces will begin to open between other teeth, allowing food to become trapped and increasing your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and eventually bone loss. Each time you bite or chew with fewer teeth than you need, the stress on your remaining teeth increases, resulting in extra wear. Furthermore, over time, you will begin to lose bone structure, leading to more sagging facial tissue.
Solution: Dental Implants
Fortunately, our Fresno practice offers a great way to avoid the negative impact of missing teeth—dental implants. Dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth with a shape, contour, and color are designed to match your natural smile.
If you want to find out more about dental implants, call Dr. Curt P. Posey's Fresno office at (559) 227-6755.