What Happens With Lost Teeth

Losing a tooth is more than just a cosmetic issue; it’s a health concern that can have far-reaching consequences for your oral and overall well-being. At Westport Periodontics & Dental Implants, we understand the complexities surrounding tooth loss and are dedicated to providing solutions that restore function and aesthetics to your smile.

The Consequences of Tooth Loss

  • Bone Loss: One of the most significant impacts of tooth loss is bone deterioration in the jaw. Teeth stimulate the jawbone through the forces exerted during chewing. When a tooth is lost, this stimulation ceases, leading to bone resorption. Over time, this can result in significant changes to the facial structure, potentially altering your appearance and leading to premature aging.
  • Shift in Remaining Teeth: Teeth work as a unit. When one is missing, the balance is disrupted, and the adjacent teeth may begin to drift into the empty space. This shift can cause misalignment, bite problems, and difficulties in cleaning, which can further lead to decay and periodontal disease.
  • Chewing and Digestion: Each tooth plays a crucial role in the process of breaking down food. Missing teeth can compromise your ability to chew effectively, impacting digestion and possibly leading to nutritional deficiencies.
  • Speech Issues: Teeth are essential for articulation. Losing teeth, especially front teeth, can affect your ability to pronounce certain sounds clearly, impacting your speech and potentially leading to self-consciousness or social discomfort.
  • Aesthetic Impact: Beyond the functional roles, teeth are vital for a confident smile. Tooth loss can lead to a lack of confidence and reluctance to smile or engage in social interactions.

Prevention and Solutions

Preventing tooth loss begins with rigorous oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. Early intervention can address issues like decay or gum disease before they lead to tooth loss. At Westport Periodontics & Dental Implants, we emphasize the importance of preventive care and education to safeguard your natural teeth.

For those experiencing tooth loss, modern dentistry offers several solutions. Dental implants, bridges, and dentures can replace lost teeth, restoring functionality and aesthetics. Dental implants, in particular, provide a long-term solution that also helps preserve jawbone integrity.

What Happens with Lost Teeth?

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The Westport Commitment

At Westport Periodontics & Dental Implants, we are committed to providing comprehensive care that addresses both the immediate and long-term impacts of tooth loss. Our team of experienced professionals, led by Dr. Tom Schaberg and Dr. Aaron Campbell, employs the latest techniques and technology to ensure you receive the highest quality care.

We understand that each patient’s needs are unique, and we tailor our treatments to match your specific situation, whether you’re seeking to prevent tooth loss or require restorative solutions. Our practice is more than just a dental office; it’s a place where lasting oral health is built on a foundation of trust, expertise, and personalized care.

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