Are you suffering from tooth loss? If so, you’re not alone — an estimated 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth.
Living with one or more missing teeth can affect all areas of your life, impacting both your physical and emotional wellbeing. Explore our guide to learn how tooth loss affects your health and how dental implants can help.
Loss of functionality.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, it may affect the types of foods you can eat and how you speak.
With gaps in your smile, chewing is compromised, making it difficult to eat certain foods such as steak and apples. Even with traditional tooth replacement options like dental bridges or removable dentures, chewing ability is greatly diminished. Missing teeth may also cause you to slur your words, making communication more difficult.
Dental implants restore full function by replacing your tooth from root to crown. You can eat, speak, smile, and laugh with total confidence.
Increased risk of oral infection.
Gaps left by missing teeth are often difficult to clean properly with brushing and flossing, making them the perfect place for food and bacteria to collect. This increases your risk of developing oral infections such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Dental implants reduce the risk of oral infections, make brushing and flossing easier, and offer the most comprehensive health benefits of all tooth restoration solutions.
Weakening of the jawbone.
Did you know that chewing helps keep your jawbone healthy? With pressure from chewing, the roots of your natural teeth stimulate bone growth, making your jawbone strong. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone lacks stimulation and begins to deteriorate and lose its shape.
Dental implants offer a solution to protect the jaw from further bone loss by replacing the missing tooth’s roots. A strong jaw helps to keep your entire mouth healthy.
Tooth loss can make you look older than you actually are. Once teeth are missing and the jawbone begins to lose its shape, your facial skin loosens and sags, hiding the shape of your jaw. This can lead to premature wrinkles and a sunken facial appearance which will make you look older.
Dental implants can help prevent this from happening by protecting the shape of the jaw. If you’ve already experienced bone loss, we offer supplemental procedures to restore your jawbone, helping you get back on track.
Missing teeth can have a significant impact on how you feel about yourself and how you interact with others. When you don’t want to speak or smile to avoid showing gaps, your self-confidence and social interactions may suffer. This can eventually strain your relationships and even your performance at work.
Dental implants are designed to look and feel natural, boosting your self-esteem and helping you feel confident.
Increased likelihood of pain.
An empty tooth socket is exposed to elements that can result in further pain and discomfort. For instance, your gum tissue is more easily irritated by chewing hard food. Nerves that are normally protected by a tooth are also closer to the surface, resulting in greater sensitivity.
Dental implants help protect your gums, nerves, and jawbone by replacing the missing tooth.
Anxiety and unhappiness.
The simple act of smiling can make you feel happier and even reduce your stress. When you avoid smiling because you’re self-conscious about your missing teeth, it can lead to anxiety and depression.
Let Dr. Stanislaus give you a reason to smile again! Whether you’re missing one tooth, several teeth, or a full arch, we offer a variety of dental implant solutions to restore health and beauty to your smile.
Dental Implants Can Help
Patients at Brooklyn Heights Dental often choose dental implants because they:
- Offer a long-lasting solution: Studies show that dental implants have a 98% success rate and can last a lifetime with proper care.
- Restore functionality: Imagine being able to bite into an apple and enjoy conversations with your friends without worrying about your teeth. Dental implants can make this possible by restoring full chewing and speaking ability.
- Revitalize your appearance: Dental implants help to prevent premature wrinkling and enhance your smile. By restoring your smile with dental implants, you can enjoy the benefits of a youthful appearance and a healthy mouth.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes tooth loss?
The leading cause of tooth loss for adults is gum disease, affecting roughly half of adults over 30. However, tooth loss can be caused by a variety of other factors. Some of these include:
- Tooth decay/cavities
- Accident/trauma to the face
Will receding gums cause tooth loss?
In many cases, yes — receding gums lead to the formation of pockets between your teeth and gum tissue. These pockets are an ideal breeding ground for harmful oral bacteria, increasing your risk of cavities and eventual tooth loss. If you notice that your gums are beginning to recede, call our Brooklyn Heights practice right away.
Can tooth bone loss be reversed?
Tooth bone loss can be reversed with dental implants thanks to the unique process of osseointegration. Since the titanium fixture bonds directly with your jaw, it stimulates healthy bone growth and reverses the damage from tooth loss. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement that offers this benefit.
How can I prevent tooth loss?
The best way to prevent tooth loss is to brush and floss twice a day, every day. It’s also crucial to visit Dr. Stanislaus for regular checkups at least twice a year. To minimize your risk even further, limit your intake of high-sugar foods, and avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.
What should I do if I’ve already lost a tooth?
If you’ve already lost a tooth, don’t panic — Dr. Stanislaus can provide the care you need. In most cases, he’ll likely recommend replacing your tooth with a dental implant, though he may recommend a different treatment option for some patients. The most important part is to act quickly. If you lose a tooth, don’t hesitate to call our practice at (718) 865-8320 so Dr. Stanislaus can treat you as soon as possible.