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What Issues Can Be Caused By Tooth Loss?

While the most obvious effects of tooth loss are typically characterized by changes in dental aesthetics and function, there are numerous other problems that can result. In fact, just one missing tooth, even if it’s in the back area of the mouth, can lead to serious concerns that may heighten risks to oral health and overall health. This is why it is so very important to replace missing teeth, and there are a variety of ways to do so with results that can effectively restore function and appearance while minimizing the chance of further oral health consequences. Dr. Robert Rioseco offers advanced treatment options such as dental implants, implant dentures, and dental bridges that can successfully replace missing teeth with results that look and feel natural.

Here are just a few of the most common issues that can be caused by tooth loss:

Jawbone Deterioration
Teeth are not only part of the jaw, they actually help stimulate the jawbone’s growth. Without the teeth, the bone can recede and lose density, compromising the foundation for other teeth and potentially causing them to become loose. In severe cases of jawbone deterioration, existing teeth may even become fully dislodged.

Gum Recession and General Health Risks
If the jawbone begins to recede due to tooth loss, the gum tissue in the area may follow. Gum recession can significantly increase the risk of periodontal disease, which can endanger both oral and general health.

Tooth Shifting/Movement
When one or more teeth are missing in a particular area, the existing teeth surrounding them can become loose and gradually shift out of position. When this occurs, teeth misalignment, changes in bite, difficulty chewing, and other problems may result.

Alterations in Facial Appearance
A healthy, full set of teeth is determinative of overall facial aesthetics, affecting symmetry and balance of facial features. The loss of several teeth in certain areas can impact the distance between the chin and nose, potentially leading to what’s known as “facial collapse.” This effect on facial proportions can produce an appearance that looks more aged or noticeably different than it looked before tooth loss.

Fortunately, restorative dentistry options can address these issues with exceptional results. If you have questions about missing teeth replacement, we encourage you to contact The Center for Cosmetic Dentistry for additional information, or to schedule an oral examination and consultation. Dr. Rioseco can evaluate the problem areas and talk with you about treatment options that are ideal for your needs, goals, and budget.