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Teeth perform crucial functions in our everyday activities such as eating and speaking. Missing teeth can significantly alter your life as they leave gaps in your mouth, taking away your beautiful smile along with your confidence. If you are not happy with the way you look, it can dramatically affect your self-esteem. This can change everything from your personal life to your professional life.
It can be easy to ignore a few missing teeth, especially if they are molars. However, if they are front teeth that can be seen when you smile or talk, it can be extremely difficult to ignore it.
At David Crumpton, DDS, we know all about the adverse effects of ignoring missing teeth and have a variety of solutions to help you replace them and give you back the missing parts of your life.
Missing teeth can lead to poor health and indigestion. When you lose a few teeth, eating becomes difficult as you can no longer chew your food properly. You cannot eat some food like meat (unless it is super tender). This may lead to health problems and poor nutrition. Additionally, your body cannot properly absorb important nutrients as your mouth won’t break them down enough to do so completely.
Missing teeth can affect your speech as teeth are partially responsible for control airflow while you speak. The tongue must also make contact with them to form words in a coherent way. Even when missing just a few of your front teeth, your words tend to slur, and people will have a hard time understanding you.
Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you. If you aren’t able to show it off, it can negatively affect your ability to express yourself and your personality. You may even catch yourself trying to hide it or avoid social situations to do so.
Missing teeth can also change other aspects of your appearance. Believe it or not, teeth play an important role in the shape of your face, and losing them will affect your facial features. Losing your teeth gives you a gaunt appearance, making you appear older than you are. It also affects your bite and jawline.
Having a few missing teeth is not the end of the world. Thanks to advances in dentistry, dental implants can help people regain their lives. Even your jaw is compromised due to having missing teeth for years; hope is not lost. If your gums are healthy, but your bone is not strong enough to support implants, we can look into the potential of a bone graft. If you end up not being a good candidate for dental implants, we can look into other restoration options such as bridges or dentures.
If you have missing teeth and are looking to find a cost-effective, permanent solution, then contact David Crumpton, DDS today at 817-678-7395. We will sit down with you, evaluate your oral health condition and situation, and see what restoration options would work best for you.