Living with missing teeth is a problem that affects millions of people. In addition to damaging your self-confidence, it also causes a number of health concerns.
The number of teeth a person is missing is a key indicator of their overall health. Having missing teeth doesn’t just affect your oral health, it can also lead to life-threatening medical issues throughout your body.
The first significant change that happens when someone loses a tooth is that the jawbone immediately begins to deteriorate around the empty socket. This occurs due to lack of stimulation.
Just like a muscle needs exercise to remain strong, bones require constant stimulation to stay healthy. Of all the options for restoring a missing tooth, dental implants are the only smile restoration treatment that prevents bone loss. That’s because dental implants don’t just sit on top of your gums — they’re actively integrated with the jawbone.
In a healthy smile, all the teeth work together as a complete system. Each one of your teeth serves as a placeholder, enhancing the overall alignment of your smile.
When you lose even one tooth, your remaining teeth begin to shift around. This movement out of their natural position can cause teeth to crack or break.
Gum disease is a serious infection that can wreak havoc on your smile. The shifting of your teeth that results from tooth loss irritates your gums, making you more susceptible to gum disease.
As your remaining teeth shift around, it creates spaces where plaque and tartar can accumulate. This will feed the bacteria that cause gum disease.
Symptoms of gum disease include soreness, swelling, and bleeding when you brush or floss. If you notice any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Grundstrom Joost right away. We feature effective treatments for gum disease that can save your smile.
Gum disease causes swelling of the arteries in your mouth. Unfortunately, this can allow the infection to spread to other parts of your body, leading to significant health issues. Recent scientific discoveries indicate a link between gum disease and the following medical conditions:
If you’re missing one or more teeth or even a whole arch, Dr. Grundstrom Joost features effective treatment to enhance your smile and improve your health. Call 573-298-6263 today to learn more. Or, just fill out the submission form and we’ll get right back to you.
Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost
2022 William Street
Jefferson City, MO
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