There are quite a few ways that you can lose a tooth or teeth. It could be the result of gum disease or even an elbow to the mouth when you’re fighting for a loose ball in a basketball game. Tooth decay could be the culprit. Now you’re the owner of a gap in your smile. What do you do about it?
This is not something that you can forget about – there are some very real repercussions to neglecting to replace lost teeth … which are often the result of not brushing and flossing properly to begin with (though there are exceptions like genetics). Swift action will be essential, like getting a dental implant or dentures to fill the gap. Otherwise, you could find yourself requiring even more expensive work.
The structure of your jaw hates empty spaces. Each tooth has a specific purpose, and when one is lost, then others shift to try to make up for the lost use. This can create really awkward bite situations, and can even make normal activities like talking or chewing become extremely difficult. Also, from an aesthetic point of view, it can create a completely different look – one that you won’t like.
The reason that this is bad is that when your mouth has its normal structure, with every tooth in their given place, with no overcrowding, it operates like a smooth-running engine. You can properly chew your food. Your smile will look great. Talking will be easy. Any change can throw that dramatically off, and your whole overall lifestyle will suffer.
It’s not just shifting teeth that you need to worry about. Plaque can wind up building in gaps in your mouth that can be hard to reach with either a toothbrush or dental floss. That will continue to happen until it hardens and becomes tartar… and gum disease develops. If not fixed quickly, that gum disease can turn into a rapidly-progressing infection that leads to, you guessed it, more tooth loss. Not only that, the bacteria can get into your bloodstream and cause other health issues ranging from diabetes to heart disease.
It’s not just plaque that you need to worry about. If you ignore the situation, your bone density will continue to erode. That means that if you do decide to get a dental implant, it might not hold since there has to be a certain amount of bone mass to allow the screw that anchors the new tooth to stay in. Otherwise you’re looking at a second option – dentures.
When all your teeth are in your mouth, they act as resistance against your cheeks. When a tooth or several of them go missing, that former resistance is now gone and the cheeks will start to hollow themselves out since there is nothing pushing back against them. If you don’t want to have this gaunt appearance, then it’s best to get something in that space, quickly.
Unfortunately, humans did not win the genetic lottery when it comes to teeth. Only two sets during a lifetime as opposed to sharks, who grow new teeth every three weeks. So that means that when any of the second set is lost, we have to replace them. Fortunately, dental technology has advanced a lot over the past century, so that people can keep on living their lives like they usually do.
It’s important to see a dental professional twice a year for cleanings. That way any teeth problems are usually caught early on. Seek out dental help in case of a dental emergency, too. Do not wait. Otherwise you might find yourself needing a lot more work done if you initially may have. You only get one mouth during your life – take care of it.
When it comes to taking care of missing teeth, few are better than the staff at Acadia Dental & Dentures. Whether you live in Hagerstown or Frederick, someone will be able to help guide you through the process of filling in the gaps in your mouth. Both sites have an in-house denture lab which significantly reduces your waiting time. Give them a call today at 301-797-2538 (Hagerstown) or 301-662-1760 to make an appointment!
Acadia Dental and Dentures
1303 Pennsylvania Ave.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 797-2538
490 Prospect Blvd.
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: (301) 662-1760