According to the American College of Prosthodontics, 178 million people in the United States are missing at least one tooth and more than 35 million people don’t have any teeth, at all.
Tooth loss occurs due to a number of issues including wear, cancer, injury and gum disease. However, regardless of the reason you may have a missing tooth, the impact on your life is often significant, but do you know the true cost of not replacing a missing tooth?
In addition to making you look older, there are other real issues and dangers if you don’t replace missing teeth. Learning more about the long-term costs and risks of not replacing a missing tooth can help you understand why tooth replacement options are so vital to your wellbeing.
So what are the true risks of not replacing a missing tooth?
Bone Loss: One of the most significant dangers related to not replacing a missing tooth is bone loss. It occurs after a tooth is gone because the natural roots of the tooth are no longer embedded into the jawbone, leaving a void. Over time, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate.
Reduced Ability to Eat Certain Foods: Depending on which tooth or teeth are missing, it may become difficult to bite into and chew certain foods. Overall, this can eventually lead to diminished health and poor nutrition.
Reduced Ability to Speak Clearly: If certain teeth are missing, such as the ones in the front, it can also impact the way you speak and your ability to clearly pronounce certain words.
Diminished Self-Esteem: If a space from the missing tooth can be seen when you smile, eat, or speak, you may avoid smiling, eating, and speaking to people in public. This can have a significant impact on your social life, your job, and as a result, the amount of money you are able to earn at your job.
There is no question that dealing with a missing tooth can be a stressful situation. However, if you speak with your dentist, you will quickly discover there are many replacement options available to help fit your lifestyle and budget.
There is no reason to allow your oral health to suffer when you can easily restore your oral health, and your beautiful smile. So if you’re missing a tooth, call today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options.