The Effects of Missing Teeth
Your teeth are an important feature of your mouth. Brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are essential for keeping them, and the rest of your mouth healthy. Ignoring any part of your oral care routine can quickly lead to issues such as tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can lead to tooth loss when they go untreated. Sometimes, tooth loss can occur as a result of an accident, such as an auto accident, a fall, or a sports-related injury. No matter how you lose your teeth, the effects can be devastating. The Mugford Center can help.
Difficulty Chewing and EatingYour teeth are essential for biting and chewing food. When you chew, you break down the foods you are eating so that the nutrients they contain are more easily accessible by the body later in the digestive process. However, tooth loss affects your ability to do these things. Without teeth, it becomes more difficult to thoroughly break down your foods, which then makes your body work harder to access nutrients. As a result, the body does not absorb all of the nutrients it needs, and you can suffer from malnutrition.
Trouble Forming Words and TalkingYour teeth play an important role in speech. They control the flow of air when you talk, which enables you to form many of the words and sounds you need to use to communicate effectively. Losing even just some of your teeth causes you to lose some of this control. As a result, you may develop a lisp. Speaking, in general, may become more difficult, and you may find that you have to repeat yourself several times because others are having a hard time understanding you.
The Impact on Your SmileThe teeth are a major component of the quality of your smile. When you have a mouth full of straight, white, beautiful teeth, your smile can leave a positive impression that others are sure to remember. However, when you lose your teeth, you suddenly have gaps in your smile, which can significantly deteriorate your smile. Additionally, this effect on your smile can affect your confidence. You may find that you are hiding your smile behind your hand, or that you are only giving tight-lipped grins. These actions can leave a lasting impression too, but not the one you want.
What Tooth Loss Does to Your JawboneMany of the effects of tooth loss are obvious right away. Under the gums, tooth loss also affects the health of your jawbone. The teeth are responsible for stimulating the bone. Every time you chew, a message is sent to your body, which response by sending essential nutrients required for keeping the jaw and surrounding areas strong and healthy. When you lose teeth, the stimulation is reduced. As a result, fewer nutrients are sent. The jawbone gradually begins to resorb and grow weak. It begins to change shape, which alters the bite of your remaining teeth. If you lose a significant number of teeth, you may also find that your lips and cheeks have sunken in, the skin on your face has begun to sag, and wrinkles have formed. You have suddenly aged well beyond your years.
How to Replace Missing TeethIf you are missing teeth, dental implants may be able to help you and improve your quality of life. These restorations provide a permanent foundation to support new crowns, and even your existing dentures can be anchored to them to eliminate the need for messy adhesives with implant-supported dentures or the All-on-4® Treatment Concept. Dental implants can dramatically improve your health and confidence by allowing you to regain your beautiful and functional smile.
Questions About Missing Teeth?When you lose your teeth, it is important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Replacing your missing teeth, even replacing a single missing tooth that is out of sight when you smile, can help to restore the functions of your mouth, your confidence, and your overall quality of life. If you have suffered tooth loss, call The Mugford Center for more information and to schedule your consultation today at (410) 260-0790.