An unattractive mouth with missing teeth leads to low self-esteem discomfort and poses a negative effect on social interactions. Broken or missing teeth may make you feel embarrassed when appearing in public.
You may feel uncomfortable talking to people or, even worse, you might begin to avoid showing your teeth.
In the U.S.A. 69 % of adults 35-44 years old have lost at least one permanent tooth and 26% of adults 65-74 have lost all of their teeth.
Teeth are lost because of:
• Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
• Advanced tooth decay
• Root fracture
• Trauma to the mouth caused by an accident
• Root canal failure
• Excessive wear
• Congenital defects
CONSEQUENCES OF MISSING TEETH
• Poor esthetic appearance
• Loss of jawbone – bone loss
• Difficulty chewing
• Trouble speaking
• Facial collapse
• Difficulty keeping teeth clean
• Grinding and clenching
• Painful jaw points
If you lose teeth, the remaining ones left in the mouth must withstand all the forces of mastication, thus shortening their stay in the mouth. Loose teeth leave spaces in the mouth. The body in an effort to compensate for the open space, changes the positions of remaining teeth to try to close those spaces.
Chewing efficiency decreases gradually. If the missing pieces are not replaced, collapse is likely. It is very much like a building, if the supporting columns are removed, collapse follows.
Our jaw bones serve as the mainstay of the teeth. Losing teeth, the jaw bone loses its function and it will begin to atrophy and be deformed or re-absorbed.
The longer one waits to replace lost teeth, the more bone loss occurs, and it may become severe.
The placement of dental implants allows to stop bone loss because they induce bone formation around them.
A question you may have:
I have enough bone, can I replace my missing teeth with dental implants ?
YES. YOU HAVE CHOICES !
In most cases, we can use advanced surgical techniques such as bone grafts and sinus lift.