Missing Teeth And Its Consequences

missing teethMissing teeth should never be ignored. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the effect of living with a missing tooth.

When you visit Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s practice for a general checkup or consultation, we can talk to you about the importance of filling in the gaps of any missing tooth. Missing teeth can impact your self-esteem and affect your personal and professional life, not to mention your ability to eat and speak clearly.

But if you are still wondering why you need to invest in replacing your missing tooth or teeth, here are a few of the most common problems you will start to face once you have missing teeth.

The Impact of Missing Teeth

  • Psychological Consequences: For most people, their teeth are the one feature which makes them look and feel pretty. Think about it. Your smile if the first thing people notice about you, without you even saying a word. With a tooth missing, you will feel more self-conscious about interacting with people.
  • Compromised Bone Stimulation: Though you may not know this, when you come to our clinic, Dr. Fox will tell you that replacing a missing tooth is not just about replacing the tooth but also preserving the bone underneath. The alveolar bone, which surrounds and supports the teeth stays healthy by being used. Chewing signals the bone to rebuild and strengthen itself. When you lose a tooth, there is no stimulation and the bone loses its width, height and density. Research shows that there is an approximate 25% decrease in bone width in the first year following a lost tooth, and it keeps getting worse as time progresses.
  • Decreased Ability to Chew and Speak: When the bone loses a considerable amount of height and width, the gum tissues will also start to decrease. This will present difficulties with speaking or chewing. Obviously, the more teeth that are missing, the bigger the impact on your normal functionality. Once the damage to the alveolar bone is severe, you will start to notice more changes to the shape of your face.

If you are looking for an experienced and skilled dentist in Swedesboro, call us to book your consultation with Dr. Fox as soon as possible. She is one of the most experienced dentists in the area and is always available to take care of all your dental issues. She will explain why you should not live with missing teeth/teeth and let you know of the options that you have to get back the smile you need.

At Dr. Elizabeth Kilpatrick-Fox’s practice, we know that a glowing white smile is one of your most prized possessions. This is why we will take care of your missing tooth and make sure to fit you with a crown or denture which helps to preserve alveolar bone and get you enjoying life again. Our office is conveniently located at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Call us at (856) 997-2767 today, so we can help you get your smile back.