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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.

Oct
26

How a Virus Can Help Prevent Infections

Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Medicine have found a virus, of all things, that may help solve some problems of root canals. Their research suggests that we can turn the tables on post-procedural bacterial infections by utilizing a type of virus called a bacteriophage. Bacteriophage viruses attack bacteria specifically, which offers […]

Oct
19

Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease May Lead to Oral Cancer Growth

As we get older, we need to pay more and more attention to our oral hygiene. If we keep it healthy, we will be at a less risk for common issues such as cavities, but more importantly, we will limit our risk for gum disease and oral cancer. A recent study from Case Western states […]

Sep
14

Redheads More Resistant to Novocaine

Although the connection seems unlikely, there is new evidence that suggests that if you have red hair, you are more resistant to local anesthetics like Novocaine. This fact leads to redheads being about 20% more likely to have anxiety about dental procedure, and are much more likely to skip a trip to their dentist! All […]

Aug
17

Different Types of Dental X-Rays

During a dental appointment, it’s not uncommon for your dentist to want to take a closer look at what’s going on inside your mouth using an X-ray. They’re useful tools for dental professionals, but for the rest of us, they can sometimes be a little intimidating. Here’s a quick guide on some of the most […]

Jul
20

Could 3D Printing Be the Future of Root Canals?

Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the United States. Annually, approximately 15 million are conducted. If you do the math, that’s around 41,000 a day! Despite their status as a mainstay in dentistry, as well as the best way to save a tooth, root canals can occasionally have adverse effects […]

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