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Does Tooth Loss Lead To Poor Oral Health?

mai-tooth-lossWe know that losing a tooth can impact your appearance. People who experience tooth loss often feel embarrassed about their appearance. However, losing a tooth can also lead to poor oral health. Missing teeth can impact everything from alignment to facial structure.

Causes of Tooth Loss

Multiple factors can lead to patients losing one or more permanent teeth, including injury. Untreated tooth decay can also lead to an infection. Without treatment, infected teeth may become lost or require removal to prevent the spread of infection. However, the most common cause of tooth loss in adults is advanced gum disease, or periodontitis. When gum disease reaches this advanced stage, the connective tissue between the teeth and gums dissolve, causing the teeth to become loose and eventually, lost.

Misalignment, Facial Collapse, and More

When teeth are lost multiple complications can arise. First, the surrounding teeth may drift due to the gap in your smile, lea dint to misalignment. An uneven smile can place pressure on the jaw joints, leading to the onset of TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding) in some cases. In addition, thorough brushing and flossing can become impossible, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Once the body registers a missing tooth root, the supply of calcium an phosphorus to the jawbone ceases. Without these nutrients, the bone deteriorates, causing an older appearance due to facial collapse.

Finally, without a full set of teeth you may need to eat mainly soft foods, which can hurt your nutritional intake.

How Do You Replace Lost Teeth?

We can recommend dental bridges, which prevent misalignment and allow you to eat normally. Partial or full dentures can address partial or complete tooth loss. Finally, a dental implant can replace a lost tooth and stimulate jawbone growth, preventing the onset of facial collapse.

Dr. Mai and her team provide excellent patient care to prevent dental conditions from developing. We monitor your smile with checkups and regular cleanings incorporating advanced technology.
To treat and transform your smile, we can offer fillings and crowns to restore your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty.
We want to help your smile shine with professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and one-visit bonding and contouring procedures.
Our advanced dental technology allows us to provide you with less-intrusive, more precise care.