|The Effects of Tooth Loss
A confident smile is not only about aesthetics but also about health and function. Losing even a single tooth can have significant implications for your oral and overall health. At Sunnyside Dentistry, we understand the importance of addressing tooth loss early and providing effective solutions.
Understanding the Consequences of Tooth Loss
When adults lose teeth, it is a cause for concern, unlike in childhood, when losing teeth is a natural part of growing up. For adults, the absence of a tooth can lead to many dental and health challenges.
Teeth Shifting and Misalignment
One of the immediate effects of tooth loss is the shifting of surrounding teeth. These teeth may move to occupy the empty space, leading to potential misalignment. Such movements can compromise the beauty of your smile, make chewing difficult, and create irregularities in your bite.
Teeth play a crucial role in stimulating jawbone growth. Without this stimulation, due to missing teeth, the jawbone can degrade and weaken. Such deterioration can result in healthy teeth becoming loose, and in extreme cases, they may even fall out.
Gum Recession and Oral Health Challenges
Following the weakening of the jawbone, gum recession can occur. Receding gums can expose the roots of teeth, leading to heightened sensitivity and susceptibility to periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can affect your oral health and further pose risks to your general well-being, with potential links to conditions such as stroke, heart disease, and more.
Facial Structure Alterations
The teeth provide structure and support to the face. Failure to replace missing teeth can lead to changes in facial appearance, a phenomenon often referred to as facial collapse. In such instances, an individual can appear older than their actual age, thereby affecting their self-esteem.
Restorative Solutions for Tooth Loss
Modern dentistry, with its advancements, ensures that while a natural tooth may not grow back, there are effective ways to replace it. At our practice, one solution that we frequently recommend is the dental implant. Dental implants are reliable and involve anchoring a titanium post into the jawbone. Once secure, a dental crown that closely resembles a natural tooth is affixed atop the implant. With diligence in care, dental implants can serve you for a lifetime.
For individuals who are faced with the loss of multiple teeth, we suggest considering the implant-supported bridge. This method stands out from traditional bridges as it guarantees better stability and comfort.
Moreover, for those who either have several missing teeth or deal with loose-fitting dentures, an implant-supported denture might be the best way forward. This procedure ensures a complete set of teeth is mounted onto dental implants, resulting in a secure and comfortable fit.
At our practice, our dentist can recommend getting either single-tooth implants or multiple-tooth implants. Our dentist is committed to offering personalized care and guiding each patient in choosing the best solution for their oral health.
At Sunnyside Dentistry, our team of dedicated professionals is here to guide you every step of the way. Do not let missing teeth hold you back. Call us today at to explore your restorative options.