10 May

How Missing Teeth Affect Your Health

There are many instances in which you might have missing teeth. You may have had an injury that broke the tooth, or you may have had a dental issue that resulted in extraction. Whatever the reason for your missing teeth, it is very important that you replace them with a dental appliance, such as a denture or partial. Missing teeth affect your health in a number of ways.

Diet and Nutrition

Your diet and nutrition is greatly affected when you have missing teeth. The more teeth that are missing, the more likely it is that you are not getting the nutrition that your body needs to function properly. You may be extremely limited in the foods you can eat. This can cause you to go through weight fluctuations, as well as rapid weight loss.

Jaw Bone Health

The jaw bone must remain strong in order for you to maintain your healthy appearance, as well as to preserve the rest of your teeth. Often when a tooth is extracted it leaves the jaw bone in a weakened state. Having that space empty can contribute to bone loss and bone death. It is important that you use a partial or other dental appliance if you have some missing teeth, especially if they are all in one area.

Appearance and Self Confidence

Of course, your appearance and self confidence are also important. When you have missing teeth, it can affect every area of your life, from social engagements to your professional life. Replacing missing teeth with a dental appliance will help you maintain a healthy smile and you will be able to keep your self confidence intact.

If you have had extractions and have several missing teeth, contact us today for more information about your options. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for an examination and to lay out all of your options for you.

Dr. Obrochta