The well-being of your teeth, jaw, and gums are intertwined.
When you lose a tooth, it impacts essential functions that keep your jaw healthy and strong, leading to the deterioration of the bone and jaw pain.
This impact to the bone can change your overall facial structure, causing a “sunken-in” and prematurely aged esthetic, as well as an even greater risk of associated health concerns.
When you lose a tooth, it leaves your gums vulnerable to bacteria that lead to periodontal disease. It can also make eating and talking significantly more difficult. You may experience affected speech patterns which can be both physically uncomfortable and cause you to become self-conscious.
While dentists talk a lot about your physical well-being related to your teeth, it’s no secret that the state of your smile can also have a major impact on your mental health as well. Missing teeth can take a significant toll on your confidence, impact your desire to socialize, and seriously harm your overall self-image.