If you are one of those who think that your missing teeth will not affect you, then you are ignoring an inevitable health consequence.
People lose one or more teeth due to many reasons, like illness, poor oral hygiene, an accident or simply genetically poor teeth.
Treatment costs, fear of the dentist or simply procrastination can lead to unpleasant dental issues. The more we ignore missing teeth, the more serious consequences we face on the quality of our lives, especially as we age and more challenging the task of replacement becomes.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra in 2015; overall, females had more missing teeth than males (5.4 and 4.8 teeth, respectively). Across age groups, the average number varied from 1.8 teeth for people aged 15–24 to 10.8 teeth for those aged 65 and over. Across remoteness areas, people in Inner regional areas had more issues than those in Major cities ( 6.2 and 4.8 respectively). Those aged 45–64 in Inner regional areas had more missing teeth (7.0 teeth) than those in Major cities (5.3 teeth).
Loss of jaw bone
Initially, the patient may not see or feel one of the most serious issues- the deterioration of the jaw bone due to loss of teeth.
Our Jaw bone, needs stimulation to maintain its form and density. In the case of the sac-like bone which surrounds and supports teeth, the necessary stimulation comes from the teeth themselves. Throughout the day, our teeth come in contact with each other, prompting the bone to remodel and rebuild continually.
When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of the surrounding bone, gradually decreasing the gum tissues if untreated for a long time. This results in jaw pains and headaches.
Face Appearance gets Affected
The way you look is the way you feel. Psychological and social consequences due to facial changes can be overwhelming in the case of our missing pearls.
Once you lose teeth, physical changes to the face might make you look old especially in cases where face looks shorter due to over-closing of the mouth. Also there is a loss of self- esteem while you talk or smile.
Causes Tooth Wear
The gap created by the missing teeth makes the teeth on the either side to tilt and drift, making them prone to decay and gum diseases. This also results in change in tooth alignment and hence changes in chewing pattern causing tooth wear
Causes Bad Breadth
Sometimes missing tooth might leave behind an unhealed wound where food particles might get deposited resulting in bad breath.
Affects your health
Chewing and speaking becomes difficult, when you have lost many teeth. It’s increasingly difficult to eat fruits and vegetables resulting in nutritional deficiency. Furthermore, when food is not properly chewed, digestion is affected that results in overall poor health. You might also have to avoid your favorite foods.
Treatments for Missing Teeth
Ideal time to begin treating a missing tooth is within the first couple of months. As time passes, treating the area becomes increasingly difficult.
The treatments for missing teeth include dental bridges, partial dentures and implants that can be advised according to the condition.
So get back your brimming smile, and be healthy!