The Serious Condition of Non-Replaced Missing Teeth

While a missing tooth, or teeth, is not necessarily life threatening, there are long-term repercussions when they are not replaced that can effect our health. But even with the advancement of technology in the dental industry, there are many Americans that suffer from the results of living with teeth that have been removed but not restored.

University Calls Missing Teeth a Chronic Medical Condition

The University of Louisville School of Dentistry is calling for missing teeth to be treated as a chronic medical condition. Tooth loss can lead to poor nutrition and is linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Also, missing teeth can affect psychological well-being and the ability to function in the workplace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 40 million Americans have no teeth in one or both of their jaws. Yet researchers at the school note that new technologies are making it easier to restore smiles among those who have lost some, or all, of their teeth.
“When you lose even a single tooth, it will result in bone loss, change the bite, and result in adjacent teeth moving toward the missing space,” said Grant. “The longer a person waits to get it replaced, the more challenging the clinical situation.”

There Are Options to Replace Missing Teeth

You don’t have to suffer from the effects of missing teeth. There are several options to replace teeth and restore your smile including dental implants, bridges, removable partials and dentures. Talk to your dentist about your options. Dr. James Reisman and  Dr. Jordana Contrucci at C R Dental Group are experienced in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. They can help you find a solution to restore your smile and improve your overall health. It’s important to be diligent with your home-care by brushing twice a day and flossing every day. It is easier, and more cost effective, to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to your health!