What Are the Consequences of Tooth Loss?

Tooth loss can be a serious dental concern – and that’s not just because it affects the appearance of your smile. The loss of even one tooth can have negative effects on the overall functionality of your mouth, complicating everyday activities such as chewing, speaking, or even sleeping. Often the result of poor oral hygiene, tooth loss should never be taken lightly and should be prevented at all costs.

Several issues can arise as a result of tooth loss. For instance, when a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth may shift to fill its place. This can create misalignment, which can complicate the bite and even cause TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
disorders. In addition, missing teeth create opportunities for gum disease. Vacant spaces in the mouth can collect excess bacteria, which can work its way into the gums and cause infection. Moreover, gum disease is linked to a variety of health concerns, such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, dementia, and some cancers.

Thankfully, dental implants have proven to be a viable tooth replacement option for the majority of patients worldwide. Single-tooth implants can effectively replace one missing tooth, whereas full rows of teeth can be replaced with sturdy implant-supported dentures. These custom-crafted replacements are permanently rooted in the jawbone and fused to the mouth, restoring the ability to eat and speak normally. Their titanium-based structure is even more durable than a natural tooth, and they can even support healthy jawbone regrowth. Generally considered the optimal solution for missing teeth, implants can reduce your chances of virtually any risk associated with tooth loss.

For more information about tooth loss, dental implants, or treatments offered by our team at The Art of Dentistry, feel free to contact us today.