If someone loses their tooth or a few teeth in adulthood, they will not grow back as they did during childhood. Having a missing tooth or teeth can affect general health and oral health as teeth play a significant role in the body.
How does someone lose their teeth?
Teeth can go missing for a number of reasons. Common causes of missing teeth are:
- Gum disease and tooth decay
- Accidents and Trauma
- Illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases
Effects of missing teeth
Missing teeth can have several adverse emotional and psychical impact on a person’s health. These include:
Having a sweet smile is a huge part of any person’s self-esteem. It is a sign of health and beauty, and can also indicate economic status. Having a missing tooth, especially at the front of the mouth can cause embarrassment and feelings of self-consciousness. The emotional aspect of losing teeth is sometimes more unbearable to patients than the physical issue.
Someone having a gap in their mouth may lead to tooth movement. This puts a person at a higher risk of tooth decay and gum diseases as misaligned teeth are much harder to clean. If a tooth in the lower jaw is missing, the opposing tooth in the upper jaw may protrude into the gap created by the missing tooth, causing an exposed root structure, decay, and inflammation.
Each tooth in the mouth has a particular task to perform when it comes to eating. For instance, the front teeth are designed for biting and cutting, while the back teeth are used for grinding food. If one or more of these teeth are missing, food will not be adequately chewed and this can also lead to digestive issues.
Gaps in a person's teeth that is created by having missing teeth can make pronouncing certain words difficult. People with gaps may also find that they spit when they talk or suffer from a lisp.
Changes in facial structure
The teeth and the gums provide support for the structure of the face. Missing teeth may alter the appearance of the face and the cheeks.
The jawbone is stimulated whenever someone bites or chews. This helps to maintain its form and its density. However, when teeth go missing, how much stimulation the tooth roots and gums have decreased, and this causes bone resorption. This includes the shrinking of the jaw contours which results in wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and face.
Missing teeth usually have a domino effect if not addressed early and can lead to a condition known as edentulism, commonly known as being toothless.
If a patient has one or two teeth missing, this can make them at risk of having edentulism. Fortunately, it can be prevented using these corrective measures:
- Getting dental implants
- Getting dentures
- Getting crown and bridge work
Having a few missing teeth should not ruin your life. You can overcome these unfortunate circumstances and have an even better smile when this problem is corrected. Find out from your dentist what the best treatment method is and how you can move forward with the smile you have always dreamed of having!
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