Tooth loss is a common problem that unfortunately affects many American adults today. This problem persists despite advances in dental technology and oral hygiene education.
Certainly, tooth loss greatly affects a person’s dental health. However, tooth loss is not just a dental health problem. It also affects a person’s overall and psychological health.
Tooth loss negatively affects a person’s physical or overall health in a number of ways. Failure to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can leave a space in your mouth for bacteria to build up, causing periodontal disease. It can also make it difficult for you to properly chew and/or digest certain foods that are rich in fiber and important nutrients. In many cases, people with missing teeth will adjust their diets to eliminate these types of foods and will incorporate more of the softer, heavily-processed foods in their place. This can lead to nutritional imbalances and weight-gain. Weight-gain can in turn lead to a myriad of serious health problems including Diabetes and heart disease.
And then there is the negative affect of tooth loss on a person’s self-esteem, confidence and overall psychological health. Many individuals with tooth loss report that they are embarrassed to speak, laugh, smile or eat in the presence of others. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression.
Fortunately, dental implants provide a long-term solution to missing teeth that provides for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. Many individuals all over the world have regained their dental, overall and psychological health thanks to this revolutionary tooth replacement system.
You do not have to live with the hassle and embarrassment caused by missing teeth. If you are missing one or more of your teeth, talk to a dental implants specialists or oral surgeon today to find out if dental implants are right for you