Are you missing one or more teeth? Statistics from the American Dental Association highlight that the average adult between the ages of 20 and 64 has three or more decayed or missing teeth. Many might feel that missing teeth is just a cosmetic problem that you just have to get used to. But think of all the things you could miss out on if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Crunchy apples, juicy steaks, crispy carrots, the list goes on. And these are just some of the losses to do with food. You may be surprised to learn about other problems that can come from missing one or more teeth.
Problems With Missing Teeth
You may be missing a tooth because of some trauma, tooth decay, gum disease or poor nutrition. Whatever the reason, a missing tooth has been to affect us both in physical and psychological ways. Problems with missing teeth include:
- Difficulties Chewing – We need our teeth to chew our food. Even if we are missing just one tooth it can cause pain when eating certain foods. These foods may then be avoided, affecting the variety and quality of nutrition that we need.
- Moving Teeth – Teeth can easily move when there is more space on the jawline. Teeth can move in either two ways. They could either create a gap or they could move closer together. This can cause problems such as a painful bite misalignment or it can create difficulties cleaning between the teeth. This could then lead to more decay and more tooth loss.
- Difficulties Speaking – Changes in our mouth can make it difficult to produce sounds like we used to. This can bring on embarrassment and lower self-esteem.
- Reduced Bone Density – Teeth keep your jaw strong as you use them. Missing teeth can weaken your jaw bone. A reduction in bone density can bring changes to your facial structure making you look older.
- Ageing looks – Less teeth means less structure to the skin on your face. That means sagging skin and an ageing look.
- Mental Health Issues – One research study highlighted a link between tooth loss with both anxiety and depression.
- Less Confidence – Nearly a quarter of people with missing teeth have shown in study to be too embarrassed to smile and avoid doing it.
- Unsuccessful job interviews – The same study showed that over a quarter felt that their missing teeth affected their chances of getting a job.
How To Fix Your Missing Teeth Problems
The oral surgeons at Estudillo Oral Surgery highly recommend dental implants as the number one tooth replacement option. They can be used to replace one tooth or even the whole set. They have many advantages over other tooth prosthetic options. In a nutshell, they are strong, stable and imitate natural teeth. This means that you can continue life as if you never had a missing tooth. You can eat the foods that you enjoy and you can smile with confidence.
Contact the office at Estudillo Oral Surgery today to see if dental implants are right for you.