Why Treatment For Tooth Loss Matters
If you’re suffering from tooth loss, you’re aware of the discomfort and pain it can cause. What you may not be aware of is that untreated tooth loss can have lasting consequences on your overall health and well being. When missing teeth don’t get replaced, you become more vulnerable to oral health issues that can affect the rest of your body.
The direct link between tooth loss and your health is why Dr. Stovall and the team at Stovall Dental strongly encourage dental implants as a permanent tooth loss solution. Here are some of the ways tooth loss and your health are directly linked and why permanent tooth replacement is so important.
Teeth are vital instruments for communication. When you’re missing even one tooth, speaking can become more difficult as tooth loss can produce lisps, whistling sounds, and slurring when you talk. Dental implants are the only restoration option that will permanently replace missing teeth and remain firmly in your mouth when you talk, helping you to speak clearly and with confidence.
Increased Risk of Oral Infection
When you lose teeth, the sensitive tissue beneath them is exposed. This leaves your gums vulnerable to the bacteria in your mouth. Once bacteria enters your gums, it can lead to infection and gum disease.
In the worst case scenario where gum disease goes untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body through your blood vessels. This increases your chances of serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease. Dental implants can protect your gums, helping to prevent infections that can ruin your oral and overall health.
When you bite down, the roots of your teeth send signals to your body to regenerate bone tissue in your jaw. When you lose teeth, signals can’t be sent to those roots anymore and the bone tissue in that area will begin to deteriorate. This process is called resorption.
If left unchecked, resorption can spread to other parts of your jawbone, decreasing bone tissue volume and weakening your other teeth. This can set off a chain of events that increases your chances of tooth loss, misalignment, gum recession, and disease.
With dental implants, the titanium fixture that serves as the foundation for your restoration mimics the root of a natural tooth. This means your body can start receiving signals to regenerate bone tissue in your jawbone again, preventing and reversing resorption.
Your teeth and your jawbone support the muscles in your face. In this regard, tooth loss is a double-edged sword. Tooth loss and the resorption that can result from tooth loss cause facial muscles to lose support, which can lead to sagging and premature wrinkles.
Dental implants solve this problem by restoring support for your facial muscles through the replacement of missing teeth and the regeneration of jawbone tissue. If you want to age gracefully, replacing your missing teeth is essential.
Increased Likelihood of Pain and Sensitivity
The empty sockets left behind by missing teeth are more susceptible to pain and sensitivity caused by eating and drinking. Food can get caught in the sockets left by missing teeth, potentially causing pain and inflammation.
You’ll also be more susceptible to sensitivity when you eat and drink things that are hot, cold, acidic, and sugary. Dental implants can permanently seal those sockets and protect them from exposure to substances that can cause pain and sensitivity.
Impaired Social Interactions, Reduced Happiness, and Increased Anxiety
Smiles are one of the most important social cues we possess, helping us look and feel attractive and confident. The blow to your self confidence and self image that missing teeth can cause may compel you to cover your smile or remove yourself from social interactions. You may make a conscious effort not to smile or laugh at all, depriving yourself and those around you of the many psychological and physical health benefits of both.
The effects of tooth loss can cause you to feel unhappy, self conscious, and anxious, while hobbling your social interactions. Dental implants can fully restore your smile for life, helping you look and feel your best and giving you back the confidence you need to smile your widest and laugh around others again.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Loss and Your Health
What is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults?
The most common cause of tooth loss in adults is advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. You can help prevent gum disease by brushing for two minutes at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing between meals.
You should also have regular exams at Stovall Dental at least twice a year to maintain your overall oral health. During your exam, we can diagnose any issues and treat them before they progress further.
How can I treat my tooth loss?
Tooth loss can often be successfully treated for the long term with dental implants. While non-implant options like dentures and bridges offer some relief, they don’t offer as many long term benefits or sufficient protection against tooth loss related health issues.
We strongly recommend dental implants to patients who qualify. To learn more about qualifying for dental implants you can read our helpful guide on dental implant candidacy, call our office in Goldsboro, NC at 919-583-7081, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.
I’ve only lost one tooth, should I still get a replacement?
Even one missing tooth can set off a chain reaction that can ruin your oral health. Treating tooth loss as soon as it happens will help you preserve the rest of your smile and prevent more serious health issues from developing.
Dental Implants From Stovall Dental Help Protect Your Health
Tooth loss can be debilitating to live with, not just for what it can do to you physically, but mentally and emotionally. That’s why replacing missing teeth is imperative to helping you live a long, happy life.
If you’re ready to start smiling again and experience the life-changing benefits of a full smile, contact Stovall Dental by dialing (919) 583-7081 or fill out our contact form below. Dr. Stovall will address your needs and help you find the solution that’s right for you.