The most obvious thing that tooth loss does to your smile is affect the way it looks. The gap or gaps left in your smile can diminish its cosmetic appeal, which in turn, can lower your overall self-confidence. However, your teeth serve several functions beyond filling out your smile, and when you lose even one of them, the loss of that function can have multiple impacts on your oral health and quality of life.
It throws your bite off balance
A full set of teeth isn’t just attractive; it’s also necessary for your bite to maintain the balance it needs to operate properly. As you bite down, your teeth should meet each other at the same time on all sides of your bite. If they don’t because one or more teeth are missing, then you may develop bite problems such as bruxism and TMJ disorder due to the imbalance.
It makes your jawbone weaker
The pressure of your bite also stimulates your teeth roots, which prompts your body to send your jawbone enough nutrients for itself and your teeth. After losing a tooth root, this stimulation is reduced, and your body responds accordingly by reducing the amount of nutrients it sends. Over time, this can cause your jawbone to grow weaker and less dense, increasing your risks of experiencing more tooth loss in the future.
It leads to a host of other dental issues
Besides bite issues and a weaker jawbone, missing teeth can also leave your other teeth at a higher risk of tooth decay and your gums at an increased risk of gum disease. Both conditions are caused by harmful oral bacteria, which can hide easier in hard-to-reach areas when there are gaps in your smile.
Learn How to Protect Your Smile from Tooth Loss
Tooth loss affects your smile in numerous ways that aren’t immediately obvious, but could be significant to your long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.