When patients come to us with missing teeth, says Dr David Kerr, they often complain about 2 things:
1. Trouble eating
Missing teeth affects your ability to chew and limits the foods you can eat easily. As you get older, nutrition can become an issue.
2. Self-conscious about appearance
If you lose lots of teeth, it can change the way your face looks and how you age.
“People who are missing one or two teeth often don’t see their dentist because they’re embarrassed and leave it until they’ve lost several,” says Dr Kerr. “Then there are others who think, Oh well, no teeth, no problems. No! That’s not the case.”
1. You can lose even more teeth
When a tooth is gone, your jawbone loses the functional anchor that keeps the bone stimulated. The body thinks it doesn’t need the bone there anymore, so it absorbs the old bone tissue (resorption). Less healthy jawbone means there’s more chance of losing the teeth you still have.
“In patients who’ve lost many teeth, 40% to 50% of the available bone volume disappears within six months,” cautions Dr Kerr. (This is less evident in patients who have only lost a tooth or two.)
2. It can cause problems with your bite
When you lose teeth, your remaining teeth drift and bacteria increases, then comes a cascade of bite-related problems until your bite collapses.
“When you lose significant numbers of teeth, eventually the profile of your face can change,” says Dr Kerr.
“As horizontal bone width is lost, the lower half of your face can start disappearing. In cases of severe bone resorption, some people’s nose can touch their chin.”
3. Gum disease can develop
This can result from teeth that have become difficult to maintain, the added pressure on the jaw joints, and poor nutrition as a consequence of not being able to eat the foods you need.
Come in and see your dentist. We’ll have a good look at your teeth and talk with you about missing tooth replacement options.
Here are some things to think about:
A prosthetic tooth (ceramic crown) is bonded to the tops of the prepared teeth, holding the new tooth in place.
Of all the missing tooth replacement options, a dental implant most closely mimics the natural anatomy of your teeth. “They’re the closest thing we can give you to having your tooth back,” says Dr Kerr.
“You need to be thoroughly assessed to see if you’re a good candidate for any of these missing tooth replacement options,” says Dr Kerr. “Then you and your dentist can work out which is best for you.”
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