The most obvious reason for wanting to fix a mouth with missing teeth is to improve the overall appearance of your mouth and smile. It is simple to understand that the way you look affects the way you feel. There are overwhelming psychological and social consequences of tooth loss that can profoundly affect the way someone feels about themselves. However, it is not just about correcting unsightly gaps; there is something less immediately apparent going on in the area of a lost tooth that can affect function, health, facial aesthetics — just about everything.
When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation causes loss of alveolar bone — its external width, then height, and ultimately the bone volume. There is a 25% decrease in width of bone during the first year after tooth loss and an overall 4 millimeters decrease in height over the next few years. As the bone loses it’s width, it loses height, then width and height again, and then gum tissue will also gradually decrease. Once you experience this extreme bone loss, your ability to chew and to speak can be impaired. The more teeth that are lost, the less functionality you will have in your mouth. This leads to some particularly serious aesthetic and functionality problems, particularly in completely edentulous (toothless) people.
Your mouth, jaw, and body developed together over millions of years. They are designed to operate together at peak efficiency. When you lose even one tooth, the efficiency decreases and functionality suffers. When you lose a tooth, you immediately will notice you also lose some of your ability to chew food properly. This may mean that you either place more stress on the other teeth in order to chew all the food you eat, or you do not chew well enough and what is swallowed is not quite ready to be digested. This can lead to difficulty digesting your food properly. You may even have to eliminate some of your favorite foods because you cannot chew them thoroughly. With collapsed bite and loss of vertical dimension, the distance from your chin to the tip of your nose decreases, making your face shorter.
Tooth Replacement in Houston TX
Come to Cosmetic Dentistry to explore your options for replacing missing teeth. Not only can it help improve the look of your smile, it can also improve functionality of your mouth and boost your confidence, which will improve your mental health.