Did you know that by ignoring missing teeth problems you could be risking your overall health? Our teeth provide more than just a beautiful smile. The health of our mouth depends on the positioning, condition and alignment of our teeth.
Missing teeth are not that uncommon for adults, particularly for those over the age of 50. But whether the tooth loss is from injury, decay, or disease there are serious implications that may not be reversible.
See how your physical and mental health could be at risk if you don’t replace missing teeth.
Increased Risk of Infection
A missing tooth can be the result of disease or infection of the mouth and gums. Before the tooth is lost that infection can spread into the body and cause infection elsewhere.
Gum and Jawbone Deterioration
Missing teeth can lead to deterioration of the gums and jawbone. Our teeth help to maintain the health of the tissues within the gumline. The roots of the tooth actually help to stimulate the jawbone. If you lose a tooth, the bone tissue will begin to be resorbed by the body, causing bone loss in the jawline and mouth.
Major Bone Loss
Bone loss is an irreversible concern when it comes to missing teeth. Our jawbone requires regular stimulation by the teeth for support and preventing bone loss. Aside from holding the teeth in place, a strong bone density is required to prevent the mouth from shifting inwards and hinder our speech and our ability to chew food.
Misalignment of Other Teeth
The relationship between our bottom and top teeth is referred to as occlusion. Our teeth develop in a supporting role to each other. When one tooth is gone, the other teeth shift out of alignment causing some of the remaining teeth to move from their original position. This can result in an increased risk of serious oral health issues such as gum disease and cavities as the teeth can be harder to clean if tipping sideways.
Makes Your Teeth More Crooked
This misalignment of the remaining teeth is a common dental care problem as the teeth become crooked. This can cause severe wear on the teeth as well as cracking of the enamel. In addition to the potential health risks, this can cause the teeth to overcrowd and become harder to maintain. Not to mention the aesthetic impact as your smile will be changed. If you aren’t happy with your smile, the emotional and mental affects can be magnified.
Increased Risk of Tooth Decay
The increased risk of tooth decay is often overlooked with missing teeth cases. As the teeth compensate for the gap, they begin to move and shift. The movement of the teeth can result in overcrowding or overlapping of the remaining teeth themselves. This in turn causes difficulty in brushing and flossing the remaining teeth. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar begin to build and tooth decay can set in.
Chewing, Eating, and Speaking Becomes Difficult
As our teeth work together, an open gap in the mouth can cause physical stress on the opposing tooth. Obviously, missing teeth can make chewing solid foods difficult. This can lead to malnutrition as one cannot enjoy or even physically eat nutritious foods. Missing teeth can also cause speech impediments as letter sounds and words are formed by using the teeth, tongue, and mouth in various movements. Our voice is also affected by missing teeth.
Looking to Restore Your Missing Teeth? Book an Appointment with Princeview Dental Group Today!
Visit the team at Princeview Dental Group for a complete checkup and discussion on tooth loss. As an Etobicoke general dental office, our team offers a judgement-free zone in a warm and friendly environment for all of your oral health needs.
For more than 30 years, our dedicated team has been providing general dental services, cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. Our dental care extends to emergency care and children’s dental care services, as well. Please visit us at our new location under The Crooked Cue Pub and Restaurant at address, 3052 Bloor Street West, just west of Royal York Road on the north side.
If you have concerns about missing one or more teeth, contact us today for a consultation on how we can help get your oral health back on track!