Is losing teeth just a natural part of the aging process? Some people think so. They think that as you get older, you lose your teeth, and you get dentures. It is just part of life. However, the truth is completely different. You don’t have to resort to a full set of dentures to replace your missing teeth and reclaim your smile.
Most people have a maximum of 32 teeth. Since four of those teeth are your wisdom teeth, you will usually spend the rest of your life with 28. Your mouth and your body have been designed to work well together. Every part of your body is designed to work together. When something is missing, it throws off the way the rest of your body works. This is especially true when it comes to your teeth.
When you are missing teeth, your body does not work as efficiently as it should. Its function suffers. Even if you lose just one tooth, you are not able to chew your food as efficiently as you could when you had all of your teeth. This may mean that as you chew, you put a lot of stress on other teeth to compensate for the ones that are missing. Or when you chew your food, you don’t chew well enough. So when you swallow, you have a harder time digesting your food. In addition to leading to digestive difficulty, this can lead to a whole host of other problems that affect you for the rest of your life.
When you are missing a tooth, the other teeth in your mouth start to shift. This leads to problems with speaking and chewing and will change the structure of your face. When your teeth shift as a result of tooth loss, this can lead to further tooth decay, which in turn will lead to you losing even more of your teeth.
If you lose multiple teeth, your facial structure itself may begin to change. Your nose and the tip of your chin could come closer together, which will make your face smaller. And this does not take into account the cosmetic issues that happen when the extracted tooth is in a space where you talk or smile.
While most people are polite enough to not say anything about your missing tooth, many people may still notice it. However, chances are that it bothers you more than it bothers others. Have you noticed that you do not smile as much since losing one or more teeth? If so, missing just one tooth is having a detrimental impact on you mentally, emotionally and socially. If you’re missing a tooth that everyone can see, it’s probably impacting you at work. Unfortunately, your employers, your co-workers or your clients may not think as highly of you if you’re missing a tooth.
Missing just one tooth can be a pretty big deal, but it doesn’t have to be. Implant Dentistry of Virginia strives to help those with missing teeth in Virginia Beach reclaim their quality of life with the highest quality cosmetic dentistry and patient-centered care. To learn more about implant dentistry for missing teeth, schedule a consultation with our office today.