Why Missing Teeth are Bad for Your Health

Missing teeth are often just an aesthetic concern, but they can have a significant impact on one's health. Missing teeth can lead to gum disease and infection because the mouth isn't as clean. Let's review  the health concerns associated with missing teeth.AlignmentHuman teeth naturally sit very close together. However, when you lose a tooth,  the gap left behind can cause the teeth on either side to shift. Unfortunately, this can lead to a domino effect of the following:

  • headaches
  • jaw pain
  • crooked teeth
  • further tooth decay
  • more tooth loss
  • and more.

For this reason, it's important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.Gum DiseaseWhen a tooth falls out, there is a wound left behind .  This can cause gum disease which is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone around your teeth. Gum disease is a serious  condition that can lead to tooth loss, and affect your overall health leading to other symptoms such as heart disease and diabetes.Bone MassDid you know that when you lose a tooth, the bone that supported that tooth begins to deteriorate? This is due to lack of stimulation from the movement of your teeth.  Over time, this can lead to deterioration of the jawbone which can affect your appearance and even cause problems with speaking.A Healthy SmileWhen it comes to maintaining your physical appearance, a healthy smile can go a long way.  Missing teeth can create an appearance of being older than you are, or make your smile look uneven. It also shows a lack of personal hygiene. However, it's not just about how you look – missing teeth can also affect the way you function day-to-day. Teeth are necessary for eating and speaking properly, so when they're missing it can be difficult to live life to the fullest.TakeawayIt's important to address any missing teeth as soon as possible, whether that means replacing them with a dental implant or filling in the space with a bridge or denture. Ignoring your missing teeth can lead to bigger problems down the road, so don't wait – call us today!

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Are you considering implants? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!