Have you ever lost a permanent tooth from trauma, decay, or another cause? The average adult has lost about eight permanent teeth to disease or trauma, so tooth loss in adulthood is extremely common.
Unfortunately, adult teeth that fall out never grow back on their own, and the impact of tooth loss goes beyond any noticeable gaps in your mouth when you smile. Being without teeth long term has the potential for significant negative effects on your physical and mental health.
Here at Bahia Dental Group in Pittsburg, California, Dr. Marzieh Oghabian and Dr. Esfandiar Abadi help keep patients who’ve lost teeth healthy and confident with permanent dental implants. Read on to learn more about the consequences of ignoring a missing tooth, and how we can help you reclaim your complete, healthy smile.
Missing teeth harms your facial structure
Losing a tooth creates spaces in your smile, but that’s just the start of the facial problems caused by tooth loss. Missing teeth can also negatively change the structure of your mouth.
Your teeth keep surrounding bone tissue sturdy and in good health, so without your tooth, the tissue starts to weaken from lack of use. This can cause your mouth to cave in and sag, and your remaining teeth might shift inside your mouth.
Missing teeth make it harder to chew and talk
With teeth missing from your mouth, you’re likely to experience discomfort when you chew your food. You might find it difficult to eat some of your favorite foods.
Changing the way you chew, however, can lead to additional wear-and-tear on your remaining teeth and contribute to uneven development of the surrounding muscles in your jaw and face. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, you can also experience greater difficulty talking and pronouncing words.
Missing teeth can harm your confidence
For many people, the consequences of missing teeth are psychological as well as physical. You might find yourself feeling less self-confident about the way you smile, which can affect your self-esteem.
Reclaim your lost tooth with implants
Thanks to implants, you can effectively and permanently avoid the consequences of missing teeth. Our highly skilled dentists recommend dental implants as the most effective, long-term solution for patients who’ve lost one or more teeth.
At your appointment, our dentists use cutting-edge technology to perfectly fit your implant where your previous tooth used to be. Once inserted, the tooth behaves exactly like your former natural tooth, giving you back your healthy smile.
Keep your remaining teeth healthy and regain your confidence by getting dental implants at Bahia Dental Group. Make your appointment today with Dr. Oghabian or Dr. Abadi by phone or online.