Tooth loss could be a traumatic event; as your tooth is a vital organ and losing it means a lot to many people. Your masticatory system is designed to work in harmony for effective chewing, and speech; and it consists of all the jaw muscles, the cheecks and lips, roof and floor of the mouth and the tongue. Any defect in one or more components of this system could disturb this harmony and cause many problems.
The causes of tooth loss are varied and include Accidents, Gum Disease, Extensive tooth decay, and Uneven Forces falling on some teeth.
When teeth are lost; the teeth on either side of the gap drift and tilt and the opposing tooth or teeth overgrow to try to close the gap; this can cause chewing problems; and uneven loading which may lead to loosening of some teeth. Psychological effects of tooth loss range from shyness to total lack of self confidence.
Loss of molar teeth in particular is troublesome, as for every molar tooth you lose, you lose 10% of your chewing ability. Moreover; and if you lost many molar teeth; your chewing ability would be limited; your diet would alter as you become very selective, moreover you start chewing on your front teeth with subsequent rapid wear or even movement as these teeth are overloaded. You may suffer from indigestion as you may be swallowing partially chewed food; and finally, you may suffer from jaw joint problems as your jaw would be assuming an unnatural position during chewing.
Mising teeth could be replaced with:
1. Removable restorations, i.e. dentures. These are less tolerated by many patients due to movement during eating, food trapping and alteration in taste sensation.
2. Fixed Replacements e.g Fixed bridges and Dental Implants.
If you have missing teeth; and are suffering from some or all of the above symptoms; we can help. Call us now to make an appointment for a free consultation to find out how you can have your own teeth back. We helped many patients like you have thier teeth, smiles and confidence back; you deserve to join them! So call now!
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