Living with missing teeth can impact your life in several ways. It can make everyday things like eating and interacting with others difficult. Living with missing teeth can also lead to bone loss and cause other problems down the line. Fortunately, you do not have to continue living with missing teeth. There are a number of tooth replacement options that can restore both function and confidence.
One missing tooth can make eating difficult, but you can make a few adjustments to the way you eat and get by without too much trouble. However, when you are missing more than one tooth the process of eating becomes more difficult. Multiple missing teeth can make it difficult to eat the foods you enjoy. If you lost teeth because of decay you may also experience pain while eating. In severe cases of tooth loss it can become difficult to get adequate nutrition because it limits your food options. You may find that having teeth that are missing impacts your enjoyment of food as well as your health.
Avoid interacting with others
Living with missing teeth can cause you to avoid interacting with others. You may feel self-conscious about your teeth and avoid smiling or laughing when possible. If your tooth loss is severe it may even cause you to avoid talking or interacting with others completely. Your quality of life and personal relationships can seriously suffer when you are living with missing teeth.
Another far-reaching consequence of living with missing teeth is bone loss. Your teeth have roots that are in your jawbone. When you lose a tooth you also lose the root. This puts your jawbone at risk for deterioration over time. If the deterioration continues it can spread to the roots of your other teeth and cause additional tooth loss. Significant bone loss can also make it impossible for you to qualify for dental implants.
Living with missing teeth can have a far-reaching impact on your life and the condition of your smile. The good news is that you do not have to suffer and continue living with missing teeth because there are treatment options available. Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth that can restore function, provide you with a beautiful smile, and protect against future bone loss. Dental bridges are a tooth replacement option that can improve aesthetics and function and prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. Dentures are a tooth replacement option for people who have lost most or all of their teeth. If you have widespread tooth loss, then dentures may be the best option for restoring function.
Do not spend another day suffering from the impact of living with missing teeth. Schedule an appointment with a prosthodontist to get an examination and discuss tooth replacement options. There is help available whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.