Posts for: September, 2015
Your dental health clock is ticking - don't delay in replacing your missing teeth.
If you're in danger of losing one of your teeth, you're probably not experiencing the same excitement you had as a child when you noticed one of your baby teeth was loose. Unlike the teeth we lose in childhood, adult teeth are meant to stay put, and can cause a host of problems when even one of them is missing! K. Michael Murphy and Associates in Baltimore often suggest opting for dental implants to replace missing teeth. So why are dental implants the tooth restoration of choice?
Many people assume that the aging process necessarily means losing teeth. This is a common misconception; trauma to the teeth or advanced decay are usually the culprits behind loose and missing teeth. Poor dental hygiene over a period of years can cause irreversible decay, while car or sports accidents can cause trauma to the teeth. However, when consulting patients about dental implants, your Baltimore dentist has seen bad habits like smoking or grinding result in the loss of one or more teeth. Occasionally teeth will become loose as a symptom of auto-immune diseases or cancer.
Beautiful, healthy smiles make great first impressions. A full set of healthy teeth also reflects positively on your personal hygiene. Gaps from missing teeth often have an unwanted negative effect; many people take steps to hide their dental problems by holding back a smile or conversation, which can make them seem unapproachable.
You might be surprised to learn that even the healthiest of teeth aren't fixed in place. Using the mouth to chew or talk generates movement from the roots of the teeth, which in turn causes the jawbone to strengthen to keep these movements as slight as possible. Without teeth to encourage the growth of the jawbone, however, it weakens. The remaining teeth move more than they should in an attempt to "locate" other teeth to push up against. The facial muscles also droop without a strong jawbone to support them, leading to premature wrinkling and sagging of the skin. It also becomes increasingly difficult to eat certain foods such as meat or raw vegetables, so people with missing teeth may not be getting proper nutrition.
Fortunately, your Baltimore dentist can treat all of these problems before they start with dental implants. If you're missing one of your teeth or several, Drs. K. Michael Murphy, Alexandra Welzel, and Dawn Merguerian have the expertise necessary to restore your smile with dental implants. Renew your smile and your health by contacting one of these dentists in Baltimore today!