Missing one or more of your adult teeth?You are not alone!Nearly two billion Americans are in the same situation. Many of them do not care, and try to get along with whatever teeth they have. They continueto suffer from the familiar problems associate with missing teeth: smiles that don’t look as good as they used to be, limitations in eating, and a feeling of embarrassment and under confidence in social situations.
Additionally, there are some effects of missing teeth which are not as obvious but can have a serious impact on your health. These include oral health issues, bone loss,andnutritional difficulties which utlimately lead to poor overall health.
Eating a balanced diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding highly and avoiding highly-processed foods is essential for good health. With some teeth missing it may become difficult to chew, and one may have to avoid certain food items. It takes the pleasure out of eating. Soft foods are easy to chew, but may not provide as much nutritional value. Resultant malnutrition can cause weakness and decrease in system immunity.
Oral Health Issues
With only one or two missing teeth, you may not be in a hurry to replace them. But ignoring the issue can create further problems with much more serious consequences. For one thing, teeth are not immovably fixed to the jaw. Teeth adjacent to vacant sockets tend to move. This can cause alignment and bite problems. Teeth will not be as firms. Excessive tooth wear can occur. There is increased chance of tooth decay and periodontal disease. Even loss of more teeth may occur ultimately.
A serious consequence of missing teeth is bone loss in the surrounding region. Bone in the region of missing teeth loses the stimulation it needs to maintain its density and volume. As much as a quarter of it can be lost within one year. That is called bone resorption. As the jaw bone wears away, facial height decreases. Facial features lose support. The chin may rotate forward, corners of the mouth tilt downward in a frown, and the cheeks maylook hollow. Loss of bone in your jaw can make you look many years older than youractual age. In short, although less visible than a gap in your teeth, the consequences of missing teeth are far more profound.
You don’t have life without your teeth! At Burnaby Square Dental, we have several teeth replacement options for that will fit your esthetic, functional and financial considerations. For further information on various replacement options for your missing teeth, feel free to call our office, which is conveniently located in Burnaby, BC,at (604) 526-2725!