A person can have 32 teeth, but usually, 28 are left since the wisdom teeth are often extracted due to the complications they can cause. However, other reasons can cause a person to lose teeth for example injuries, oral complications, poor hygiene practices, and more. If a person thinks that losing a tooth or two is not a cause of concern since they still have more teeth left, they are gravely mistaken.
Losing teeth during one’s developing years is good news since the primary teeth can be replaced by the permanent pearly whites. However, if the permanent teeth are lost, there are no natural replacements for them. If gaps due to lost teeth are left, problems that can put the overall oral health at risk will develop. For every patient to understand the consequences of lost teeth, here is a list below.
Supraeruption or Over-eruption
When the teeth erupt, their roots and the surrounding bones help by growing and pushing them out. They tend to stop as soon as they come in contact with the teeth on the opposite jaw. Amazingly, once in place, the bite surfaces align perfectly to allows the proper distribution of forces upon contact. However, a problem develops if the opposite tooth is lost. What happens is, the growing tooth will keep on extending downward, losing its connection with the supposed adjacent teeth. As a result, equal distribution of bite is not possible. Patients may also experience jaw tension, exposure of the roots, headaches and the breakage or wear of the teeth.
Accumulation of plaque and food
After losing a tooth, more spaces may develop in the long run since the other teeth tend to shift out of position. If this happens, pockets and spaces can form where harmful substances can gather. In the long run, it becomes harder to get rid of these accumulations since the gaps may continue to grow. As a result, the patient’s risk of developing gum disease, cavities, and other complications rises.
As the teeth develop, the jaw bone grows as well. Meaning, having healthy teeth is also equated to a healthy jawbone. Losing teeth can cause the bone to deteriorate due to the loss of its stimulant gradually. As the bone continue to resorb, the facial structure of a patient changes and their risk of losing more teeth also increases.
Fortunately, with the continuous advancements in dentistry, there are improved and new options that can cater to the needs of every patient. When it comes to tooth loss, aside from the conventional approach like dentures and bridges, we at Thomas R. Lambert DMD, MAGD also offer dental implants. In the case of damaged teeth, we have a wide array of solutions like porcelain crowns, veneers, fillings, inlays, and onlays. Root canal therapy and a full-mouth reconstruction are also available.
What are you waiting for? Do not delay treatments after losing a tooth! It is best to consider a Restorative Dentistry option in Bethlehem, PA immediately. Let us at Thomas R. Lambert DMD, MAGD provide you with the ideal service based on your needs.