SAN FRANCISCO, CA-Losing a tooth in adulthood may unfortunately be more destructive than you originally thought. It was recently presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association for Dental Research that tooth loss may be associated with depression or anxiety.
Even one missing tooth can crush a person’s self-esteem. There’s a chance you’ll feel reluctant to smile or laugh without a full set of teeth. You may even try hiding your face when you speak because you feel embarrassed.
Losing a tooth can create a lack of confidence at work and in your social life. Plus, missing teeth can make you appear older than you really are. When someone loses a tooth, their cheeks and facial muscles might sag in those empty spaces.
In the study, it was reported that individuals who deal with dental anxiety possibly avoid dental care altogether. Most interestingly, those with depression yield negligence in their dental care.
The research consisted of 76,292 participants. Thirteen percent reported anxiety, 17 percent reported depression and nearly six percent reported tooth loss.
According to Dr. Greg Larson, missing teeth also hurt your oral health.
“A lost tooth can destabilize your bite and cause problems chewing and talking,” says the San Francisco dentist. “Your digestion can even suffer from the lost tooth.”
As stated on Dr. Larson’s website, one’s adjacent teeth carry more weight in their bite. In order to fill the hole where the missing tooth used to be, those teeth start to shift out of their ideal position.
This can lead to a nasty domino effect, as the jawbone may begin to deteriorate as a result of there being no tooth to support.
It doesn’t matter if you lost a tooth in an accident, from periodontal disease or from tooth decay. Dental implants from Larson Dentistry help patients restore missing teeth and regain normal jaw function.
During the procedure, our experienced team will reinforce your bite, allowing you to talk and chew food without any issues. Restoring your missing tooth will, of course, make those aesthetic problems disappear.
Before you know it, you’ll be smiling, laughing and talking without the need to worry about how your teeth look. Dr. Larson guarantees you’ll have more confidence in your overall lifestyle after our dental implants procedure.
Larson Dentistry is a trusted provider of cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, sleep apnea and dental implants in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Whether you have questions about dental implants or any other cosmetic dental service, visit our website or contact our San Francisco office at 415-397-2804 to learn more.
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