Missing teeth is perhaps more common than you think. According to the American Dental Association, the average adult American between the ages of 20 and 64 have three or more missing teeth. Missing teeth are usually the result of tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma. It is well known that they can lead to consequences that will affect your oral health. You may be surprised, though, to learn of some further problems that missing teeth can bring. You can read about these problems here.
Problems With Missing Teeth
As mentioned before, you may be missing teeth because of trauma, gum disease, or decay. So what problems could you face if this has happened to you?
We need all of our teeth for biting, tearing, and for chewing. A missing tooth can make it difficult to carry out all these actions. Crispy foods can enter between the teeth allowing them to scratch the gums and cause pain. You may subsequently avoid certain foods that are required for a healthy diet.
Each tooth has a role in supporting the other teeth. A missing tooth creates a space that the remaining teeth can spread towards. The shift can then alter the natural bite alignment. Teeth closer together can make flossing difficult, increasing the chance of developing gum disease and tooth loss.
Your teeth help you make sounds when you speak. Missing teeth will then alter your speech.
Using your teeth strengthens your jaw bone. A lack of stimulation then, because of a missing tooth can cause bone loss.
Your teeth make up the structure of your appearance. Missing teeth may allow your skin to sag, affecting your smile and create an aged look.
Mental Health Problems
One study showed that tooth loss can contribute toward mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Lower Self Esteem
A similar study found that nearly 25% of people with missing teeth are too embarrassed to smile.
Lower Success in Job Interviews
In the same study, the researchers found that over 25% of those interviewed felt that a previous job interview was not successful because of their missing teeth.
How To Fix Your Missing Teeth Problems
At Stanislaus Oral Surgery, we want to help you smile again. With cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants, you could resolve the issues that come from missing teeth. So if you are missing a tooth due to decay, trauma, or gum disease then contact us about fitting your dental implants. You can enjoy the flexibility of replacing just one tooth with a dental implant or all of them with hybrid implants (also known as 4 in 1 implants).
Dental implants are more than just cosmetic dentistry. They have great functional benefits too. In other words, they not only look like natural teeth giving you back your smile, but they also function like your original teeth. You could be surprised to find out how many health advantages they have over other tooth replacement options.
Contact us to book an appointment at Stanislaus Oral Surgery to see if dental implants are right for you. The team members will be happy to talk with you. Located conveniently in Modesto, California, Stanislaus Oral Surgery serves all those in Stanislaus County and the surrounding region.