Dental health

What happens when you loose one or more teeth?

Missing teeth affect what we eat and how we feel. A common theme we hear is of patients declining dinner invitations with family and friends, unsure of what will be served and weather they’ll be able to eat it or not-until one day the invitations don’t come anymore.  Others relate how people judge them to be mean because they just never smile. Missing teeth really do affect how we live our daily lives- socially and emotionally.

And why is this?

The answer is simple if you think about it. We use our mouths in so many ways every single day: we talk with our mouths, we laugh with our mouths, we smile, we sing, we eat, and we kiss. The mouth is how we get our sustenance. If our mouths are full of infection and disease, this is what we are swallowing along with our food every single day.  Many people are not aware that gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) is CONTAGIOUS.  We pass it along to everyone we kiss or share eating utensils with.  Studies show that the first two things people notice about us are eyes and our smiles. Even if we don’t care what others think about us, it can affect our relationships, our careers, and how people remember us. No one wants to be known as “that person with really bad teeth” – do they?

So now we know what happens to us emotionally, but what happens to us physically when we lose teeth?

One big problem with tooth loss is bone loss- and that it is progressive and irreversible.  When we are missing teeth, there are no roots to stimulate the bone and the bone just starts to melt away. As the bone disappears, our faces collapse around the mouth and wrinkles set in. It is also the reason why lower dentures are so hard to keep in the mouth. As the bone just keeps disappearing.  After a while there is just nothing to hold onto anymore and the dentures just slip and slide. As the bone gets thinner, the dentures press on the nerve that runs along both sides of the jawbone-causing pain with every bite. Some patients describe it as an “electric shock” every time they chew. Thinner bone also increases chances of jaw fracture.

So what is the solution for missing teeth?

Fortunately we live in a day and age that we are able to replace missing teeth with dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

Dental implants are titanium screws that replace the root of the tooth. The basic implant tooth has three parts the implant, the abutment or retainer, and the crown the part you see and chew with.
Patients who have replaced their missing teeth with dental implants all tell us the same thing: it is a life changing experience for them. They feel better, look better, and live better. They can go out to eat with friends and family with out worrying about what will be served and if they’ll be able to eat is.  They can once again smile for pictures and at the ones they love.

What’s the next step?

Get educated to make an informed decision about your future smile.

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Article written by Dr. Erich Zimmerman

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