A Missing Tooth Can Wreck More Than Your Smile

Despite all of the developments and advancements in dentistry over the last few decades, millions of Americans are still living with some degree of tooth loss. According to the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), more than 40% of adults over the age of 30 are missing at least one tooth, and roughly 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth. In addition to the cosmetic problems caused by missing teeth, which can affect everything from your social job to your professional opportunities, tooth loss is also a major oral health problem. It can also impact your general health as well. 

The good news is that there have never been more options available to help you get your smile and oral health back on track. Whether you’ve just recently experienced tooth loss or have been dealing with it for years, our dentist Dr. Amita Dharia offers several solutions at Marina Landing Family Dentistry in Alameda, California.

How missing teeth can affect your health

One of the biggest side effects of missing teeth is bone loss in your jaw. While it may not be visible when you smile, the root of each tooth is surrounded by bone tissue that begins to erode when a tooth is extracted or knocked out. Over time, bone loss can lead to several problems like increasing your risk for periodontal (gum) disease, infection, and further tooth loss.

Dental implants are one of the best solutions to help counter bone loss. The implant is surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth and functions as a prosthetic root. Once in place, it begins to fuse with the surrounding bone tissue through a process known as osseointegration, which can also help to encourage the growth of healthy new tissue.

Poor nutrition

Even missing a single tooth can affect your ability to chew your food and eat a healthy diet, which can lead to a series of additional general health problems over time. According to public health data, missing teeth can cause your other teeth to shift, increase the risk of bacteria buildup between the teeth and gums, and lead to infection. 

Social and quality of life issues caused by missing teeth

Many people of all ages admit to being unhappy with their smile, which can hurt confidence and self-esteem. But it can also impact your professional prospects. From not smiling in interviews, which is generally interpreted as a negative non-verbal cue to judgments and preconceived notions associated with tooth loss, missing teeth can hurt your health and your livelihood as well.

For more information about our tooth replacement options and other dentistry services available at Marina Landing Family Dentistry, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dharia. You can call the office directly or request an appointment online.

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