Fairfield, CT – Many consequences of losing teeth are noticeable, like the changes in the way you look and speak. Those results often cause low self-esteem and a lack of confidence that can make it difficult to develop new relationships or find jobs that require interacting with the public. You may suffer from embarrassment and insecurity because you look older than your true age and feel that people seem to notice your teeth more than they notice your attractive features.
However, some consequences of tooth loss are not so apparent, and those are even more serious due to the impact they have on your health. Bones must have a certain amount of stimulation to retain their solidity and shape, and supplying that stimulation to your jawbone is one of the important functions performed by your teeth. The brief contacts your teeth have with each other every day produce a continuous regeneration of bone. Therefore, loss of a tooth or teeth usually results in some loss of jawbone, eventual partial collapse of your lower face, sagging lips and risk of jaw fracture. You may also develop joint pain in your jaws as well as bite problems because your remaining teeth may partially move into spaces formerly occupied by your missing teeth. [Read more…]