The Long-Term Challenges of Missing Teeth
Tooth loss is a much more common problem than you might think The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey that showed almost 40 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws.
Your smile is one of the first things others notice about you, and it is unfortunate, but many people will judge you by your appearance. Tooth loss can cause you to feel less confident about yourself and more likely to avoid social situations.
There is also an emotional component to tooth loss. If you have lost a tooth, you may feel sadness or shame about the condition of your oral health. Some patients feel like they have lost part of themselves and also report feeling old and having a sense of resignation.
Aside from the effect that it has on your appearance, tooth loss also makes it difficult to eat all the healthy foods you need, leading to poor nutrition that is linked to systemic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Change in Facial Structure
Shortly after a tooth is lost, the lack of a root leads to deterioration of the jawbone. This causes the bone in your jaw to lose height and makes you look older than your years.
We Offer the Tooth Replacement You Need
Restorative dentistry at our Tucson office solves the problems created by missing teeth. We offer multiple options like dental implants, bridges, dentures, and implant-supported dentures that complete your smile and restore your oral health.
Missing teeth can affect your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. If you are living with tooth loss and are tired of the toll it takes on your life, please call to arrange a consultation with Dr. Michael Allen. He will help you find the solution that will allow you to reclaim your life and your healthy smile.