The Surprising Negative Impacts of Tooth Loss
Close to 70% of American adults between 35 and 44 have suffered tooth loss. This is due to tooth decay, a failed root canal, gum disease, or an accident.
Unfortunately, the consequences of tooth loss can be terrible for both your physical and mental health. Read on to learn about some of the negative consequences of tooth loss that you may not have considered.
Consequences of Tooth Loss
20% of Americans have no savings at all. And since dental care can be expensive, many are leaving their teeth problems until they escalate. This means that people are sometimes choosing to simply have their tooth pulled.
Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the long-term consequences of tooth loss. Here are some things you need to consider:
One of the biggest missing teeth problems is related to poor nutrition. This will usually begin occurring once you’ve lost a few teeth- especially if these are your molars.
You’ll naturally begin to adjust your diet if you can’t chew hard foods. Unfortunately, this will often mean you end up with a nutritionally imbalanced diet. Foods that can be difficult to eat include meat, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.
When you don’t eat enough high-fiber foods, you can end up with intestinal or stomach problems. This may, in turn, lead to increased illness and shorter life expectancy.
Many people are unaware that they’ll end up with jaw bone loss after tooth extraction. If you don’t have a tooth in your mouth, the tissue doesn’t get stimulated. That means that the jawbone will remodel and become weaker and less dense.
This happens quickly within the first year. And deterioration can spread to bone located underneath your healthy teeth, leading to further tooth loss.
Soft Tissue Loss
As your jaw bone loses height and width, your gum tissue also begins to decrease. Eventually, you’ll have just a very thin gum lying over the bone. If you end up wearing dentures, this will be prone to rubbing and sore spots.
This can lead to problems like TMJ and gum infections.
There are many different psychological effects of tooth loss. They can range from minor annoyance to severe anxiety.
When people begin losing many teeth, they often find that their social life is significantly impacted. They’re especially concerned with romantic situations like dating and kissing.
Tooth loss can lead to difficulty with speech, which often leads to a decrease in social activities. Unfortunately, most people are unable to wear dentures full-time. This can lead to further isolation.
For people who are suffering from tooth loss, dental implants can be a much better option as they function as a total tooth replacement. This means that you won’t have the above issues since implants prevent bone and gum loss. You’ll also be able to eat normally, and best of all, won’t need dentures.
Tooth loss may be inevitable if you’ve had an accident or failed root canal. But it doesn’t need need to have a negative impact on your life.
Get in touch today to learn whether implants could be the best option for you.