7 Consequences of Tooth Loss that Might Surprise You

There are times when teeth can’t be saved and it can feel easier and cheaper in the moment to not do additional dentistry to replace them. But, the investment in your smile is well worth it when you consider these consequences.

Looking Older – When your cheeks lose the support of the teeth behind them, they will sink in making you look more gaunt and deepening facial lines and wrinkles.

Damage to Your Remaining Teeth – The teeth that remain have to work harder to make up for the ones that were lost. When you bite down the opposing teeth may not line up properly, causing them to hit harder or off center and creating additional stress that puts them at risk.

Losing More Teeth – When a tooth is removed the other teeth in the area will drift into the open space looking for the tooth they used to lean against. To do this they often tip over or grow out of the jaw bone, putting them in danger of being lost as well.

TMJ, Joint and Jaw Problems – Losing a tooth throws off the delicate balance of how your teeth work together and can result in bite challenges that lead to painful joint problems.

Loss of Confidence – It is harder to feel confident when you feel people are staring at your incomplete smile. This drop in confidence can impact all areas of your life including career, romance, and even your self-esteem.

Difficulty in Chewing and Digesting Food – Chewing is the first stage in healthy digestion. The inability to process food fully can result in digestive issues and difficulty in absorbing nutrients from your food.

Your Health Can Be Compromised – As your remaining teeth shift into new spaces they are more at risk for periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This condition is a bacterial infection in your mouth that can get into your blood stream easily. Scientific studies have linked it to major health conditions like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Saving your teeth or replacing ones that have had to be removed can not only improve the quality of your life, but help you live longer by preventing serious health problems.

We can help you get the healthy and happy smile you deserve. If you have postponed replacing teeth or other dental work because of dental anxiety, we also offer oral sedation dentistry to make it easier for you.

Give us a call at (865) 922-1613  Knoxville

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We Love this Dental Related Joke about Sharing

old couple on park bench

I was standing in line at McDonald’s and noticed a cute elderly couple.  When I sat down with my meal I saw that they had only purchased one meal for the two of them.  The husband carefully cut the hamburger and counted the fries, placing half of each in front of his wife.  They took turns sipping from their drink.

I walked over to their table and offered to buy them another meal so they didn’t have to share.  The man thanked me, but said they were used to sharing everything.  He seemed happy eating his half of the meal, but I noticed his wife had not touched her food.  When I asked if she was going to eat she replied, “Not yet.  It’s his turn with the teeth.”