It may surprise you that about 180 million Americans alone have at least one missing tooth, and the overwhelming majority is missing more than one tooth. It’s estimated that more than 35 million have lost all their teeth and a whopping 10% of them are unable to wear dentures and mostly go around completely toothless. Missing tooth, or tooth loss is that rampant.
How damaging is losing teeth?
When you lose a tooth, it not only sabotages your emotional well-being, but is responsible for creating silent havoc on your health. The more number of missing teeth, the more risk of developing diseases.
According to recent scientific findings, tooth loss increases your risk of heart stroke, a disease that is both fatal and debilitating. Tooth loss also increases your risk of developing painful rheumatoid arthritis. The research also suggests that if you are missing 5 or more teeth, it increases the chance of developing pancreatic cancer by 20%. A number of studies also reveal that people without teeth live 10 years less than those with teeth.
The link between missing tooth and its hazardous impact on health are both obvious yet undiscovered. Let’s think about it – digestion begins in the mouth and the improperly chewed food can bring devastating and far-reaching affect on our health. The leftover food inside the mouth is not fully processed, resulting in eliminating of half-chewed food and disruption your body of vital nutrition. The digestive tract is responsible for trying to digest unnaturally large chunks of unchewed food. All this contribute to poor nutrition, and when increased stress is added on the body, it can lead to diseases, suffering and early death. This is not based on an opinion, but follows the latest research performed by dental professionals.
Ways to replace your missing teeth
One of the moist affordable ways to replace your missing teeth is with removable partial dentures. They can help you get all of your teeth back, however are least efficient and can bring discomfort when chewing your food. You can also go for bridge which requires teeth on either side of the missing space, and are drilled down to nubs to receive a conventional crown, with artificial teeth fused to them making a tooth bridge. The bridge feels like your natural teeth, but the procedure also requires destroying your other healthy teeth.
The best standing choice for artificial teeth are dental implants. They can restore each individual tooth or multiple teeth without causing any damage to your other teeth. Provided that you take proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. Today, dental implants serve the standard of care in missing tooth replacement.
If you have been meaning to know more about dental health, we encourage you to contact us today to book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and work towards providing you with long-term health and wellness.