Missing teeth may be more common than you think. When it happens your oral health is compromised. There are, however, other types of consequences that can occur because of missing teeth.
Problems With Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are usually the result of trauma, gum disease, or decay. But what other problems are you likely to face because of it?
Having just one missing tooth can make eating difficult. Crispy foods can enter where teeth used to be and scratch the gums causing pain. Avoiding certain foods may create imbalances in your diet leading to other health issues.
Each tooth gives support to the set of teeth on your jaw. A missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to spread towards the vacant space. Any slight movement in your teeth will affect the natural bite alignment. Teeth that move closer together make flossing difficult. This makes it difficult to remove plaque and you could develop gum disease and tooth loss.
According to the American Dental Association, it’s estimated that the average adult American between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more missing teeth. Tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma are the usual reasons why you might be missing teeth.
You use your teeth to make sounds in speech. So if you are missing teeth you will have to adjust the way you speak to produce the same sounds.
Chewing is like exercise for your jaw bone. The forces that go through the teeth stimulate bone growth. A missing tooth will often lead to bone loss.
The skin on your face can sag when you are missing teeth, making you look older than you really are. This is because your teeth provide structure for your face.
Mental Health Problems
A study was conducted to see if there was a link between mental health and tooth loss. They discovered that levels of depression and anxiety were higher in those with missing teeth.
Lower Self Esteem
Another study discovered that nearly 25% of people with missing teeth don’t feel comfortable with their smiles.
Lower Success in Job Interviews
In the same study, over 25% of those that they interviewed believed that they had not been successful in getting work because of their missing teeth.
How To Fix Your Missing Teeth Problems
At Pinole Oral Surgery, we can help you regain your smile again. Cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants can resolve the issues that come from missing teeth. Don’t let decay, trauma, or gum disease cause the problems mentioned above. Instead, contact us about the options available with dental implants.
It’s possible to replace just one tooth with a dental implant or all of them with hybrid implants (also known as 4 in 1 implants).
Dental implants are not just considered cosmetic dentistry. They have great functional benefits too. Their appearance is just the same as natural teeth giving you back your smile and they work like your original teeth.
There are many health advantages and have many advantages over other tooth replacement options.
Contact us to book an appointment at Pinole Oral Surgery to see if dental implants are right for you. The team members will be happy to talk with you. Located conveniently in Pinole, California, Pinole Oral Surgery serves all those in Contra County and the surrounding region.