Consequences of Tooth Loss

While the most prominent consequence of losing a tooth (or teeth) is the effect it has on smile aesthetics, it is very important to know that missing teeth can have even more serious effects on oral health and function. The good news is, there are numerous options available—such as dental implants, implant dentures, traditional dentures, and other advanced techniques—to effectively restore missing teeth with results that not only enhance form and function, but also decrease the significant risks to oral health that missing teeth can create. These risks include: 

Natural Teeth that Shift Position 

After a single tooth or multiple teeth in one area have been lost, the remaining natural teeth that surround them can gradually start shifting their position in order to fill the space. This can result in noticeable teeth misalignment, chewing problems, bite irregularities, and other issues. 

Jawbone Loss 

When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in that area no longer benefits from the growth stimulation emanating from the tooth’s roots. This can ultimately lead to continuous jawbone recession and deterioration, which can then destabilize or even dislodge surrounding teeth. 

Gum Recession 

Gum recession often goes along with jawbone recession. Receding gums can dramatically increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease and decay, further endangering natural teeth. 

Risks to General Health 

Gum disease can result from the chain reaction of jawbone and gum recession caused by missing teeth, and periodontal disease has been linked to significant increases in risks to overall health. These risks include stroke, heart disease, hypertension, dementia, and even certain kinds of cancer. 

Changes in Facial Shape 

If teeth remain missing in certain oral regions, it can cause a “collapsing” effect by reducing the distance between the chin and the nose. This can alter the balance and proportion of facial features and result in a more aged appearance. 

Our board-certified prosthodontist is extensively experienced in missing teeth replacement and offers a vast selection of treatments designed to restore lost teeth. These procedures are customized to each patient’s unique needs and goals, and can ultimately provide results that benefit one’s oral health, dental function, and smile appearance. If you are considering your options for teeth replacement, Dr. Sameet Sheth can meet with you for an initial consultation and discuss your concerns. 

Please contact Restorative & Implant Dentistry of Bayside with any questions you may have.