Consequences of Tooth Loss
Even if a tooth is missing in a less prominent area of the mouth, it is important to know that the consequences of tooth loss can be severe. The fact is that a missing tooth can not only affect dental aesthetics, but also affect overall oral health and potentially general health, as well. Just one missing tooth, regardless of where it is in the mouth, can pose numerous risks to an individual’s appearance and physical well-being. This makes it necessary to have treatment for missing teeth performed as quickly as possible. The good news is that restorative dental care options such as dental implants, implant-supported dentures, and even a standard dental bridge can help reduce the health effects of missing teeth and enhance smile aesthetics with exceptional results.
Below is a brief overview of some of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) consequences of tooth loss that are possible if treatment is not performed. If you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth, please contact Beautiful Smiles with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.
The Teeth Surrounding the Missing Tooth May Shift Their Position
When a tooth is missing, the existing teeth surrounding the space may shift their position to fill the gap. This can create significant misalignment, which could result in bite irregularities that make chewing more challenging and have an effect on smile aesthetics.
The Jawbone May Deteriorate
The jawbone depends on the teeth for growth stimulation. When one tooth or multiple teeth are lost, the bone can weaken and deteriorate. Jawbone degradation can ultimately cause other teeth to loosen, and perhaps even become completely dislodged.
Gum Recession and Periodontal Disease May Develop or Worsen, and Risks to General Health May Increase
If the jawbone begins to recede as the result of tooth loss, gum recession may follow. In turn, this can lead to the development or worsening of periodontal disease, which may produce even greater risks to oral and general health. Gum disease has been found to have potential links to many serious health conditions, even those that are life-threatening. These include stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, dementia, and some types of cancer.
The Overall Facial Appearance May Be Altered
When teeth are missing in certain areas of the mouth, a shortening of the distance between the nose and the chin may result. If this occurs, a condition called facial collapse may develop, which can have a dramatic impact on overall facial aesthetics and produce an effect that makes one look older than they are.
Again, there are many effective treatments available that can provide missing teeth replacement with results that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Please contact us today for more information, or to schedule an appointment.