Is there anything more lovely than a healthy, attractive smile? Not only does your smile impact the way others perceive you, but it also affects the way you feel about yourself. If you’ve lost one or more teeth, you may find it difficult to flash your smile around other people. Dr. Angela Ganjoor, a general dentist offering dental implants in Celina, TX, discusses the surprising ways in which adult tooth loss affects your quality of life. As you’ll see, these consequences go well beyond the appearance of your smile.
More Than Just a Missing Tooth
Many of our patients are shocked to learn of the oral health complications that come with tooth loss. First, there’s the impact to your remaining teeth. Forced to withstand greater pressure and stress, these teeth become more prone to cracks and breakage. Your bite may become misaligned, leading to a TMJ disorder, a painful condition affecting the joints of your jaw. If your remaining teeth gradually shift out of position, you may develop crowding or overlapping—two factors that make oral hygiene more difficult. The result? You become more susceptible to gum disease, tooth decay and unpleasant breath.
The Link Between Oral Health and General Health
The consequences of adult tooth loss directly impact your oral health, not to mention several aspects of your general health. Take your diet, for example. Crisp, healthy fruits and vegetables become more difficult to chew, leading many edentulous patients to adopt a diet of soft, non-nutritious foods, such as baked goods and drive-thru fare. In turn, this places you at a greater risk of developing diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. If you develop periodontal disease, it’s possible that you become particularly susceptible to a host of ailments, including Alzheimer’s, stroke, and bone loss.
How Do Dental Implants Help?
The beauty of dental implants is their versatility. Whether you are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, implants are up to the task. Because implants are permanently secured in your jawbone, you need not worry about the downsides of removable dentures—no adhesives or soaks, uncomfortable prosthetics, or tell-tale clicking sounds during speech. Of all teeth replacement options available, none afford the same stability and natural appearance of dental implants.
Don’t let missing teeth keep you from the things you love. To learn more about dental implants in Celina, TX, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Angela Ganjoor, contact our office at 214. 851. 0130. We welcome patients living in McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Gunter, Pilot Point and the surrounding communities. For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook.