Your smile influences how others perceive you, and people’s perceptions can affect your success in life, as well as how you feel about yourself.
If you’re presently living with a missing tooth or teeth, you may be very reluctant to smile in public, or have a lack of confidence when talking to people. This can be a debilitating issue because having to hide your smile can become devastating to a person’s happiness.
There are numerous other less obvious, long-term adverse effects to tooth loss that readers may not be aware of. The more teeth a person loses, the more mouth structure is lost. The face starts to sink in shape as the lips lose the support of the teeth and gums. The jawbone beneath the gums that supports the roots of the teeth relies upon stimulation from the teeth to maintain its structure.
When a tooth is lost, the bone that was surrounding the tooth root begins to degenerate and can decrease in width and height significantly in as little as a year, affecting a person’s facial structure.
A missing molar can contribute to a misaligned jaw because the remaining teeth in the mouth shift and gravitate towards the empty space causing painful symptoms associated with temporomandibular joint disorder.
Missing teeth can also impact a person’s speech because without teeth in their proper place it can become difficult to say certain words. People can become incredibly self-conscious because of this new kind of speech impediment.
A person’s mouth is the gateway to the body and long-term tooth loss can have a negative impact on general health because the discomfort of eating with missing teeth can limit a person’s diet, leading to malnutrition.
“Porcelain dental bridges are meticulously well-designed down to the finest details so that they perfectly compliment the colour and shape of the surrounding natural teeth.”
Bottom line… a missing tooth can become a big problem that should be addressed promptly.
Most people who are missing one or more natural teeth are suitable candidates for a dental bridge.The type of bridge that is most appropriate depends primarily on which tooth (or teeth) are missing, as well as the health and structural integrity of the adjacent teeth.
If you’ve been living with a missing tooth or teeth, we hope this information on the long-term effects will encourage you to see a dentist and discuss your options for restoration.
At Laurentian Dental, we understand the importance of replacing a missing tooth. Porcelain dental bridges are meticulously well-designed down to the finest details so that they perfectly compliment the colour and shape of the surrounding natural teeth. Our doctors will plan and place your dental bridge with an uncompromising commitment to producing exquisite results.
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