Effects on jaw bone and gum
When you lose teeth, it disturbs the interplay between teeth and bone. Gum and bone are no longer stimulated well enough due to the missing teeth, so the jaw bone starts shrinking and your gum pulls back. This can weaken neighboring teeth until they collapse. Teeth in the opposite jaw can then start growing into the gap.
Effects on your appearance
Missing teeth and a reduced jaw bone can make your face look older and wrinkly, and for your cheeks to become hollow and saggy, because they can no longer fully stabilize your lips and cheeks from the inside.
Every tooth counts. A single lost or damaged tooth can influence your daily life. Even though it may be at the back of your mouth and not visible from the outside, over time it can start affecting your appearance, self-esteem, your oral health and even your health in general. Contact Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth Texas and learn about what role each tooth has to play in your mouth, the consequences of tooth loss.
What to do when a tooth gets knocked out
If you lose a tooth in a dental accident, it’s important to follow a number of steps that may increase your dentist’s chances of saving the tooth. Call Brit Phillips DDS in Fort Worth Texas immediately after a dental accident. We can advise the proper treatments right away.