Missing a Tooth? Why It's Necessary to Get Treatment ASAP
Posted on 6/22/2020 by Life Long Dental
Your teeth have many important functions. They allow you to bite and chew. They control airflow for speech. They play a crucial role in the appearance of your smile. The teeth are even essential for the health of your jawbone. Taking care of your teeth is important for keeping them strong and healthy. Sometimes, however, things can happen, and you lose a tooth. Life Long Dental is here to help.
What Causes Tooth Loss?
There are numerous causes of tooth loss. One of the biggest causes is gum disease. Gum disease happens when plaque and bacteria irritate your gums, causing them to become inflamed. The inflamed tissue begins to pull away from the surfaces of the teeth, and bacteria fall below the gum line. Once there, the bacteria attack the supporting structures of your teeth, weakening them. The teeth become loose and fall out. Other causes of tooth loss include:
Facial trauma, including falls, sports injuries, and car accidents.
Severe tooth decay.
Bruxism, a condition in which you grind and clench your teeth.
Effects of Tooth Loss
Losing teeth, even losing just one, has several effects on your life.
Depending upon the location of tooth loss, your smile and confidence can be impacted.
Biting and chewing becomes more difficult, which can affect digestion and nutrition.
Food can get trapped in the space, increasing the risk of gum disease.
You may develop a lisp when speaking.
The pressure on your adjacent teeth is increased, increasing your risk of tooth damage.
Your adjacent teeth can begin to shift out of alignment as your jawbone weakens, causing your bite to be thrown off.
If you are missing a tooth, having that tooth replaced as quickly as possible is necessary for getting back your quality of life. Call Life Long Dental today at 360-633-2377 for more information and several tooth replacement options.
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