You may lose your teeth for a variety of reasons, including untreated gum disease, birth defects, other types of disease, and decay that requires extraction of the tooth. Many dental and health problems may be the result of losing your teeth or having teeth removed. The leading cause of tooth loss among adults in the United States is gum disease, or periodontal disease. If you notice that your teeth are becoming loose, you must seek treatment as soon as possible. Here are some of the ways that tooth loss can affect your daily life:
When your teeth are out of alignment because of missing teeth, you may find it difficult to eat certain foods. Missing teeth can make it challenging to chew food properly and you may have to restrict your diet to soft and easily chewable foods. This can lead to nutritional imbalances which may contribute to arthritis, rheumatism, indigestion, and a host of other health problems.
Your teeth play an important role in your ability to speak clearly because certain sounds are made with tongue to tooth contact. When you are missing teeth in certain parts of the mouth, you may develop a lisp. The tongue can become wider and fill the space left by missing teeth, which in turn may make it difficult to speak clearly.
Our teeth play an important role in stimulating the jaw bone. Every time you chew, you stimulate the bone in the jaw which helps to keep it healthy and strong. When you have missing teeth, the jaw bone can start to break down and bone loss can cause changes in your facial appearance. Drs. Huamán and Flores can provide information about tooth replacement options during your consultation.
Periodontal disease is the primary reason that adults lose their teeth. If you need more information about treatment options for tooth loss in San Diego, CA or need treatment for gum disease, set up your appointment with Drs. Huamán and Flores today!