There are actually several negative consequences of missing some or all of your teeth. First, missing teeth will affect the aesthetics of your face. Not only will your smile be affected by the gaps from missing teeth, but if you’re missing too many teeth, the skin around your mouth won’t be supported properly and will start to sag, making your appear older than you are. And It will make it hard to eat a juicy steak or a crunchy apple. While it may be easy to just accept missing teeth especially if they are at the back of your smile, there are serious consequences to consider if missing teeth are ignored.

The Problems…

Difficulty Chewing

Missing teeth can result in poor nutrition. Teeth were designed fro chewing and if one is missing it makes it hard to chew. The missing tooth can cause pain and will cause the person to not eat certain foods.

Speech Issues

This can be embarrassing and cause lack of self confidence.

Shifting Teeth

When there is excess room around a tooth the teeth shift. Teeth begin to collide and can cause pain because of misalignment. Because of the shifting it may make it impossible to fill a cavity which can cause more lost teeth.

Mental Health

In a study it was found missing teeth can cause depression and anxiety because of the physical appearance

Loss of Confidence

The American Dental Association found that 23% of people reported embarrassment and avoidance of smiling due to their missing teeth.

Job Opportunities

The American Dental Association study also found 28% of people surveyed felt the appearance of their teeth affected their ability to get a job.

Bone Loss

Importantly, a loss of jawbone inevitably follows tooth loss. Bone needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. Due to bone lose the face will become weakened and tissue will decrease , causing a change in your facial structure. In most cases this leads to looking older and the face sinking in.

 

The Solutions…

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are almost always the best option for replacing missing teeth.A dental implant is a surgical procedure in which a replacement tooth root is placed and fused with the jawbone.. Implants can replace a single tooth or a full set of teethe and anywhere in between. they look, feel and function like a rel tooth.

Bridges

When only one or two teeth are missing bridges are another possible option . Once the bridge is in place, however, a fixed dental bridge looks, feels and functions like natural teeth, does not require removal for cleaning and is typically much more cost effective than a dental tooth implant.

Removable Partial Denture

A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth for a small section of missing teeth and look and function as normal. While a removable partial denture is great for chewing and aesthetic appeal, they are far less durable than a tooth implant or bridge and can become uncomfortable when worn for an extended amount of time. But they are typically the least expensive tooth replacement option available and are easy to repair if any damage occurs.

Dentures

Depending on how many teeth you currently have, removable complete dentures can be fairly invasive and require multiple trips to the dentist. Unlike a removable partial denture, where only a section of missing teeth is replaced, a removable complete denture is used to replace all teeth.
While a removable complete denture is both aesthetic and functional, they can be uncomfortable and aren’t to be worn for 24 hours a day. Dentures are considered a last resort.

Teeth are important. A healthy set of teeth not only helps you show off a fantastic smile, but it also helps you maintain good overall health. Your dentist, of course can help you figure out the best way to tackle your missing teeth problems. Do not live with physical or emotional discomfort of missing teeth.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.