Why Replacing Lost Teeth is Important
For those that have lost their teeth or have been suffering from missing teeth, it is important to understand the critical nature of this issue. The reality is, that nobody wants to live their life with missing teeth. In addition to it looking unsightly, it also affects your self-confidence, hindering you from being able to smile openly. Even though aesthetics are important, there are several other reasons why you should seriously consider replacing your lost teeth.
Reason people lose teeth
Why do people lose their teeth? One of the most common reasons is changes associated with aging. As an individual becomes older, the strength of the outer shell of the teeth (known as enamel) diminishes, along with deterioration of jawbone support, reducing our ability to maintain our permanent teeth. As a result, the teeth become more fragile and progressive tooth loss occurs over time.
Some of the other common causes of teeth loss include: dental decay and (gum) disease. Dental decay increases in older patients because of several factors: loss of manual dexterity, medical issues and medications along with changes in the saliva are big contributing reasons. Saliva is a “miracle mixture” having buffers, minerals and antibodies which protect the teeth. Saliva becomes diminished as we age, bringing with it a host of dental issues. Periodontal (gum) disease increases as we age and often results in a person losing one or more teeth over the course of time.
People also struggle with losing their teeth because of sports injuries, accidents, and trauma that has been sustained to the mouth. As we all know, there is no age limit to slipping and falling, being involved in an accident, or experiencing physical contact to the mouth.
Importance of replacing lost teeth
Throughout adult life, it is imperative for those individuals who have lost teeth to have them replaced as soon as possible since missing several teeth can severely influence your daily life. It can affect your general health, your appearance and self-esteem.
Tooth loss disturbs the natural balance between teeth and bone. The jaw bone starts shrinking, once a tooth is lost and your gum recedes. This bone loss can weaken neighboring teeth causing further tooth loss! Opposing teeth, if left unsupported, can then move into the missing tooth space causing orthodontic and restorative problems. Missing teeth and a diminished jaw bone can make your face look older than it should, causing your cheeks to become hollow and saggy.
Chewing, food transport, and swallowing are a continuum. There is no doubt that the teeth are necessary,] to be able to tear, chew, grind, and bite food in your mouth. If you lose teeth, then it prevents your ability to conduct all these actions in an effective manner. Tooth loss also indirectly disturbs the coordinated execution of swallowing food. It has been shown that elderly people with reduced numbers of teeth complain of difficulty in chewing and swallowing, often opting for softer foods which have less nutritional value and are higher in calories. With a lack of teeth, it often becomes quite difficult to consume nutritional foods on a regular basis and a constant worry with what types of food to eat. As a result, tooth loss reduces your ability to live life to the fullest!
Even though it might be slightly hard to believe, your teeth play an important role in your ability to communicate and speak in an effective manner. Teeth working in a coordinated fashion with your tongue and lips are used to enunciate properly, offset certain words, and form certain patterns of speech. Individuals who have lost one or more teeth often find it quite difficult to talk properly. Since the holidays are near, you may remember the classic song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”. The humor is that the child singing the song can’t pronounce the word “Christmas,” because they have no front teeth. As a result, tooth loss can be very frustrating at times.
Best options for teeth replacement
If you are missing any teeth, it is in your best interest to look at all the options available. This is something which you should do at your earliest convenience. The longer you wait to get your teeth replaced, the more severe problems may become and the more challenge there is to deal with the consequences.
- Dental implants
Amongst all the tooth replacement options available, most find dental implants to be the best option. This is because dental implants most realistically replicate natural teeth. Dental Implants replace both the crown and the tooth and the root. Since the replacement tooth is embedded in the bone, it helps prevent the further loss of bone structure. Simply put, an implant is an artificial tooth, and functions like a natural tooth.
In terms of its drawbacks, the only significant downside with dental implants is the healing time. From the time the procedure is completed, the healing process can take anywhere up to three months. However, since you are obtaining permanent teeth, the implants are designed to last the rest of your life. Implant treatment is a long-term investment into your health and your wellbeing – in short, an investment in your quality of life. Compared to other dental restorations, implants can seem more expensive initially, however, higher maintenance costs for other type restorations, the potential increase in jaw bone loss, and potentially, the loss of even more teeth can make other restorations more expensive over the long run.
No one should die with their teeth sitting in a glass of water”
In Memory of Per-Ingvar Brånemark (May 3, 1929 – Dec 20, 2014)
Father of modern Dental Implantology
If you are interested in restoring your mouth to good health, The Texas Oral Surgery Group can provide you with some great tooth replacement options. We encourage you to contact one of our four office locations in Plano, Denton, Decatur, or Gainsville, to schedule a consultation and we can discuss the best options for you!