Here at Dental Smiles At Johns Creek, we are always surprised to find people who have chosen not to have their missing teeth restored. It seems that there is a belief that if missing teeth are not causing any discomfort or cannot be seen, then there is no reason to have those missing teeth replaced. What these people don’t realize is that these missing teeth can actually allow for dangerous oral conditions to enter the mouth, which can actually end up costing the patient even more of their teeth. Today, Dr. Devang Shah is blogging from his office to talk about how missing teeth can affect your oral health.
When a tooth is lost, what remains is the empty space in your jaw in which that tooth used to sit. We’ve begun to call these empty spots “food traps” on account of the fact that food particles can become caught in these spaces. If you are unable to keep debris out of your food traps, then bacteria will become attracted to these areas. This can result in an infection, which we refer to as “gum disease”, some symptoms of which include chronic bad breath, bleeding or swollen gums, pain when chewing, and gum recession.
Another problem you might face because of your missing teeth is called “teeth drifting”. Our teeth actually work to keep each other locked firmly in place. So when a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can begin to lean or drift into the empty space. When this happens, it is common for these teeth to end up crooked and hard to reach with a toothbrush. If you are not able to properly clean these teeth, then you may develop a condition called “tooth decay”, which can corrupt the infected tooth to the point where it will need to be removed. Some symptoms of tooth decay include chronic bad breath, off-color spots on your teeth, and toothaches.
One last condition you may experience due to missing teeth is called “jawbone deterioration”. When you lose a tooth, you lose a source of stimulation for your jawbone. If your jawbone is not being properly stimulated, then it will begin to deteriorate. This deterioration can affect you in a couple different ways. First, it can make it more difficult to restore your missing teeth with treatments like dental implants. Secondly, as this structure provides support for your facial appearance, its deterioration may cause aesthetic changes to your face.
As you can see, it is important that you do not fail to restore your missing teeth. By restoring your teeth quickly with treatments like dental implants and dental bridges, you can prevent dangerous oral conditions from taking hold of your oral health. If you would like to learn more about the tooth restoration treatments provided by our practice, contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Devang Shah today.