If you think edentulism — or tooth loss — is only a problem of aesthetics and is something you can just ignore, all the effects you never knew about might surprise you.
How tooth loss affects you
Losing one or several teeth has several effects on you.
- You may have difficulty chewing food
- You may have trouble speaking or pronouncing some words
- It may cause embarrassment, especially in social situations
- Many people who have lost teeth worry about it all the time and may cause them to avoid other people, affecting their quality of life
- Your remaining teeth may shift due to the lack of stimulation from the lost teeth
- Your jawbone may regress
- You become more prone to worse dental problems like further tooth decay, plaque, bad breath, and gum disease
- Edentulism can seriously limit your ability to reach your goals
- People with lost teeth are more likely to develop non-dental conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.
Partial edentulism — or the loss of one or several but not all teeth — may lead to an asymmetric face. If you lose teeth on one side of your face, for example, the muscles on that part of your face lose the wall that pushes them out, so one side of your face may look healthy while the other may look sunken and old.
Full edentulism will make you look a lot older than you are.
Why you should get implants immediately
You should not ignore tooth loss and keep putting off a visit to an implant dentist here in Northfield, IL. Apart from all the disadvantages listed here, you may suffer considerable jawbone loss.
With complete, healthy teeth, the jawbone enjoys the stimulation of the teeth roots. But when you lose a tooth, that stimulation disappears too, weakening the jawbone beneath the gum and eventually causing it to shrink.
When you get an implant, however, the implant acts a tooth root replacement, continuing the stimulation of the jawbone.
If you have lost too much jawbone mass, your dentist may not be able to treat your problem with implants, as implants need the bone to fuse with them. That is why you have to see your dentist as soon as possible.