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The Unseen Repercussions of Tooth Loss

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

When one loses a tooth, it is easy to see the aesthetic issues that can pose for an individual. A missing tooth can cause various psychological and social consequences depending on how a person handles such an event.

There are a number of unseen effects of tooth loss that can have a direct impact on oral and overall health. After tooth loss occurs, it is common to see a decrease in the width of the alveolar bone—which contain tooth sockets. Loss of the alveolar bone can trigger loss of the jaw bone, which in turn can cause facial reconfiguration and make an individual more prone to jaw fractures and other serious facial injuries, not to mention chewing restrictions and speech impairment.

Many Americans are missing at least one tooth. These teeth are usually back teeth, which are the first adult teeth to appear in the mouth, and subsequently the first to fail as a result of decay or other injury. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology, missing teeth can be replaced by teeth implants, which can be used to help a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. Implants help support surrounding teeth and help maintain the jaw bone and prevent further bone loss.

Dental implants also function the same as natural teeth, which can improve overall health. With chewing no longer an issue, diets stabilize, and one starts to regain the self-confidence they had prior to losing a tooth!

If you have a missing tooth and think you can benefit from dental implants, contact your local dentist today.

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Why Chewing Gum is Good For Your Oral Health

Not all chewing gum are created equally. Although people have been chewing gum for centuries, there’s a critical difference between gum that can help your teeth and gum that can ruin your teeth: sugar! Sugarless gum has been shown to have oral health benefits and can even help to prevent tooth decay! In fact, chewing […]

Sep
8

Are You Better Off Without Toothpaste?

When you think of dental hygiene, a toothbrush and toothpaste immediately comes to mind. A cult has been built around toothpaste-a thousand different varieties, brands, flavors, and functions exist. Each new commercial touts a different dentist’s recommendation, and consumers are left baffled in the drugstore aisle wondering if whitening specialties really work. Unfortunately, all of […]

Sep
1

Teeth With DIY Orthodontics

Many people think that orthodontics is as simple as just applying pressure on teeth until they move to their desired location. However, what they fail to consider is the importance of using the right tools to move the teeth as well as taking the proper care and consideration of the root structures and the impact […]

Aug
25

How Can Tartar Affect Your Oral Health?

We all seem to know a thing or two about plaque, but the overall population knows a lot less about tartar. Tartar is a hard, yellow substance that forms on your teeth when plaque is not properly removed and is left to harden. Once plaque turns to tartar, it’s bad news for teeth. While plaque […]

Aug
18

Lessons Learned From Neanderthal Dental Plaque

Dentists, for good reason, care a lot about plaque. Brushing and flossing regularly is essential to reducing plaque and keeping your teeth and gums free from bacteria. However, plaque can harbor plenty of information about an individual, as it is one of the most DNA rich areas of the human body. Sticky plaque catches all […]

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