The most visible problem with tooth loss is its cosmetic impact – people who have a missing tooth can be uncomfortable at how this adversely affects their smile. You should know that if you are missing even one tooth, it can affect more than just your appearance. Tooth loss can make it more difficult to comfortably bite or chew food. It may also alter how you move your jaw when you speak. These issues can increase your chances of developing TMJ problems. Other issues with tooth loss include bone loss in your jaw, and greater odds of losing more teeth.
1. An Increased Risk For TMJ Problems
If you have suffered tooth loss, and have not sought replacement teeth, you have a greater risk for TMJ problems. TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint – your jaw joints. When your TMJs develop problems, it can cause several types of discomfort. You may experience headaches, or have trouble moving your jaw comfortably.
2. Bone Depletion In Your Jaw
The roots of your teeth create stimulation in your jawbone that helps maintain the proper flow of blood to the area. Without those roots, you may lose important nutrients in your jawbone, and risk suffering bone depletion. A prosthetic supported by a dental implant can actually simulate that stimulation, so that you can fight against the effects of bone loss.
3. Further Tooth Loss
The teeth immediately surrounding an absent tooth have less support, and are more vulnerable to loss. If tooth loss is the consequence of advanced gum disease, the untreated problems with your gums can cause you to lose more teeth.
ABOUT YOUR PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS DENTIST:
With decades of professional dental care experience, native of Kansas City, Robert M Browne, DDS is proud to provide general, cosmetic, restorative, and prosthetic care to patients from Prairie Village and surrounding communities. To learn more or to schedule a visit with Dr. Browne, contact our office today at (913) 901-8585.