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Missing Teeth-What Problems Do They Bring

Updated: May 7, 2019

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Ever imagined what it’s like to not be able to eat your favorite meal, or even an apple, because you are missing teeth? Imagine having low confidence on a daily basis because of a smile with missing teeth. Missing teeth problems like these impact many people. 69% of adults of age 35-44 are missing at least one tooth. And among adults 65 to 74, 26 % have lost all their teeth, according to the American Dental Association.

It may be easy to to come to terms with missing teeth as part of aging, especially if they are not in the smile line, there are serious consequences to consider if missing teeth are ignored.

Missing Teeth Problems

Most common causes of missing teeth are:

  • trauma caused by accidents

  • tooth decay

  • poor nutrition

  • gum disease.

Missing teeth is more than a cosmetic problem and a hole in someone’s smile. In reality, people with missing teeth can develop serious psychological and physical complications. Some examples of missing teeth problems are:

  • Difficulty Chewing. Chewing foods can cause pain and discomfort, resulting in poor nutrition in some people.

  • Shifting Teeth. Individuals may notice their teeth shifting to form gaps between each other or crowd together. This change can cause more serious long-term problems, including painful bite misalignment. Tooth decay may become more difficult to reach when teeth begin to crowd.

  • Speech issues. It can be embarrassing and reduce self- confidence when socializing.

  • Bone loss. Another serious complication is bone loss in the jaw and face due to atrophy. This leads to change in facial structure and looking older.

  • Mental health problems. A study by American Association for Dental Research found a link between missing teeth, depression and anxiety.

  • Loss of confidence. In 2015 American Dental Association found that 23% of people reported feeling embarrassed and avoid smiling due to their missing teeth.

  • Missed job opportunities. The same study found 28% of people with missing teeth felt that it affected their their ability to get a job.

Solutions for Missing Teeth Problems

It is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. If you are one of them, you should know that you don’t have to continue suffering. Let’s discuss solutions for missing teeth problems. Of course, visiting your favorite Chicago dentist is the first step to finding the solution for your missing teeth problems. Common solutions include: