How Missing Teeth Affect Your Smile
Oral Surgeon Plano, TX
Several people suffer missing teeth at some point in their life, and the gaps left by these missing teeth usually affect the smile in a negative way. Generally, when people lose teeth, they are typically worried about what their smile is going to look like. Since this is often a part of us most people get to see first, it is usually worth the worry. At Dallas Oral Surgery Associates, we understand how much a smile can impact first impressions, and we offer trusted restorative options for our patients with missing teeth.
Causes of Loss of Teeth
People tend to lose their teeth in different ways, and one of these ways could be as a result of an unhealthy oral state. When people have poor oral hygiene, tooth decay can happen from the buildup of plaque and bacteria in the mouth and result in the loss of the affected teeth. Gum disease and serious decline in jawbone quality may also result in loss of teeth. Tooth loss could occur from injuries and trauma to the face. When teeth are badly cracked, broken or fractured to the root, they may require an extraction to ensure that the oral hygiene of the affected patient is preserved. In addition, age could also be a factor that contributes to the loss of teeth in some patients.
How Does Missing Teeth Affect The Smile?
Every part of the human anatomy serves different functions which are dependent on the others. When we lose our teeth, the vacant space left could set off a chain of effects. The location of a tooth is very important as each tooth needs to stay in the right place. Once spaces are vacant, the surrounding teeth may begin to shift into the space, altering the initial teeth alignment. This would also open up unwanted gaps between the surrounding teeth, causing them to appear scattered or crooked.
Another effect of losing teeth is how it affects the jawbone. The tooth roots play a significant role in keeping the jawbone healthy. The jawbone requires constant stimulation from the roots to keep its quality and form. Once this stimulation is lost due to tooth loss, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate and have a sunken growth. This is referred to as bone loss and will make the facial muscles in the area lose their form. As a result, the facial muscles in the area will appear sunken, affecting the appearance of your smile.
Restoring Your Smile
Our professionals are skilled in helping patients restore their beautiful smile. Depending on the nature and severity of your missing teeth, one of the following may be recommended by our professionals. You may require dentures, dental Implants, or dental bridges. All of these options have different offerings that are more customizable for each patient. At the end of it all, our aim is to help our patients achieve their perfect smile restoration, as well as their oral capacities with optimum comfort. If you want to ensure that your missing teeth do not affect your smile appearance, please speak to us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates today by calling us at 972-733-0414 to schedule a convenient consultation.