Tooth loss was once considered a natural part of the aging process. Unfortunately, it often leads to a wide range of physical and psychological issues that can have a serious negative impact on an individual’s health and well-being. Consider the following:
- People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk, which can lead to depression, low self-esteem and socialization problems, including isolation.
- Tooth loss often causes people to change their diet and/or eating habits which can lead to a less-than-balanced diet, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, etc. These nutritional factors can then contribute to a wide range of systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and even dementia.
- The loss of one tooth can set up a chain reaction of other serious problems with your teeth, gums and jaw, especially if it is a back tooth. The disruption to an individual’s bite can cause the corresponding tooth in the other arch (i.e., the upper arch if the lost tooth is in the lower and vice versa) to decay more rapidly and/or become susceptible to serious periodontal issues. Teeth that are on either side of the lost tooth can tilt or drift into the open space. In addition, missing teeth will eventually lead to jaw bone loss, which alters your facial features and could eventually compromise your ability to have tooth replacement treatment in the future.
The bottom line is that it is important to replace a missing tooth as soon after it occurs as possible before more destructive consequences set in.
The PA Center for Dental Implants and Periodontics offers all of the most advanced, clinically proven dental implant technologies in the field today. Given the fact that Dr. Levine has been at the forefront of advancing dental implant technologies worldwide since the early ‘80’s and Dr. Fava specializes in esthetic implant placement, you can be sure that you will receive the best treatment and care available for your specific needs and circumstances.
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