How a Lost Tooth Affects Your Health
Find out how tooth loss can negatively impact your smile if left untreated.
Do you have gaps in your smile caused by tooth loss? If so, isn’t it time that you got the treatment you need to fill those gaps and improve the appearance and health of your smile? Most people think that losing a tooth is serious enough, but if you don’t seek treatment from our Batavia, IL, family dentist, John C. Koechley, D.D.S., then you may just end up facing these other issues in the near future:
A Change in Your Bite
This is usually more common with those dealing with several missing teeth, but you may also notice a shift in your bite after losing only one tooth. If you find that there are changes in how your jaws fit together, then your tooth loss has also affected your bite. This can put additional wear and tear on certain teeth, which can cause them to weaken or even fracture. By replacing your missing teeth you can protect other teeth from damage.
Since there is now an open spot where your tooth used to be, this is the ideal location for bacteria to thrive. This increases how much plaque builds up along the gum line, which can also continue to spread to nearby teeth and cause cavities. This is why even one missing tooth needs to replaced as soon as possible.
When you don’t have all your teeth you may find it more difficult to chew properly. Your gums may even become a bit more sensitive. You may only be able to chew on one side of your mouth or you may find that certain foods are a no-go. If you don’t thoroughly chew your food before swallowing, this can lead to indigestion and acid reflux. Plus, if you aren’t able to consume a lot of foods because they are too tough or difficult to chew, then you may also lack the vital nutrients your body needs to stay healthy.
Tooth roots are what make the jawbone thrive and stay strong and healthy. Once a tooth has fallen out, the roots are no longer there to stimulate the jawbone. As a result, the jawbone starts to break down and lose density; fortunately, getting a dental crown in Batavia is the only way to replace tooth roots and provide the jawbone with the stimulation it needs to stay healthy.
If you are suffering from tooth loss then it’s time you sought treatment right now. The sooner you get the care you need from our Batavia, IL general dentist the better. Call us now and tell us you are interested in dental implants or other treatment options for replacing your missing teeth.