Problems Caused by Missing Teeth
When you are missing one or more teeth, there are several problems that can arise:
- Bone Loss—The bone in your jaw is stimulated by a tooth root or implant. When you chew, the normal forces that are transmitted from the teeth to the bone are what preserves the bone and keeps it strong. When you are missing a tooth, the bone is no longer stimulated in that area and therefore begins to decrease in size, strength and shape.
- Gum Loss—As the bone loses size and shape, the gum tissue will also decrease over time.
- Facial Changes—While many may attribute facial changes to getting older or losing weight, when you lose teeth this process is accelerated. As you experience more bone loss, the decrease in the height and width of your jaw bone may cause several facial changes including a decrease in the height of your face or bite changes that may cause your chin to move forward.
- Teeth Movement—When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth lose some of their support and may begin to shift toward the open space.
- Limited Diet—If you are missing a tooth, you may find that it is difficult to eat in that area of your mouth or you may avoid certain foods altogether. This may limit the types of foods you are eating, especially in terms of harder fruits and vegetables. And if you simply decide not to chew in that area, the result can be more wear and tear on your other teeth.
- Lower Self Esteem—Missing teeth can make it embarrassing to smile or speak in front of people. You may speak differently with your pronunciation, stop smiling, or start to avoid social settings.
If you are missing teeth, dental implants, bridges or dentures may be the solution you are looking for. Contact us at 303-791-2570 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Jay R. Heim, DDS to discuss if you may be a candidate.