Oral Health Effects of a Missing Tooth

Oral Health Effects of a Missing Tooth in Anchorage, AK

Tooth loss is a common problem that can occur due to dental injury, dental disease or a combination of unhealthy dietary and dental habits. Unfortunately, when a tooth falls out, it can put you at risk of complications. In addition to creating a noticeable gap in your smile, a missing tooth can cause problems that compromise your oral health.

Read on as Dr. Joshua Kennedy of Turnagain Dental explains the oral health effects of missing a tooth.

Complications of Losing a Tooth

When a tooth falls out and is not replaced, several things can happen:

The act of chewing with fewer teeth can put greater force on the remaining teeth, causing them to prematurely wear down.

The teeth surrounding the gap can start to shift or tilt into the space in an attempt to close the gap. This can create new spaces in between other teeth and make it difficult to properly brush and floss. Teeth that are hard to clean have an increased risk of plaque buildup, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.

The gums around the gap can shrink. Not only is this an eyesore, but gum recession also creates gaps where food particles and bacteria can accumulate. This can lead to gum disease, which is a serious threat to oral health.

The jawbone beneath the gap can deteriorate from lack of use. As a result, the surrounding teeth can start to loosen and fall out. The facial tissues can also sag and droop.

Solutions to Tooth Loss

Luckily, Turnagain Dental offers a variety of solutions to tooth loss that can help you recapture a complete, healthy smile. If you have lost a tooth, Dr. Kennedy will perform an in-depth assessment and evaluation before recommending the treatment options that will work best in your circumstances. By replacing the tooth, you can avoid most (if not all) of the aforementioned complications.

Available options include dental implants and dental bridges. If you have lost most or all of your teeth, dentures may also be an option.

Dr. Kennedy and the Turnagain Dental team can also give you guidance about the best ways to prevent further tooth loss. We can talk to you about good at-home dental health habits and get you on a schedule of regular visits to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.

Learn More about Your Tooth Replacement Solutions

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kennedy and our team, please contact Turnagain Dental today.