Despite the appeal of modern advances in odontology and the results
of our dental professionals applying these cutting-edge technologies,
the optimum choice is to preserve one’s teeth or have them repaired on time.
Consequences of tooth loss
It is not adviseable to treat the loss of a tooth or several teeth just as a fact of diminishment in quantity and shrugg off, even if a couple of teeth won’t affect the quality of chewing food.
The human organism is a functioning whole of organs and their systems, a complex living body made up of many elements fashioned in a highly precise manner.
Would a complex mechanism work properly with one or two elements removed?
The same can be said of the human body – every organ is linked to the other and if lost destructive processeses take over it. Therefore the loss of a single tooth initiates other undesireable anatomical and physiological changes in the human face.
- Facial features change, cheeks lose their natural shape.
- Wrinkles form around the lips, the lips drop and become thinner, the face looks aged.
- Some words become pronounced inarticulately, especially ones with consonants, where the tip of the tongue should touch the upper front teeth. Secondary noises are produced whilst speaking, similar to that of muted disturbances.
- The quality of life is reduced, the person experiences discomfort in social settings and stops smiling.
- In cases of severe tooth loss, food becomes chewed poorly and sometimes solid foods have to be removed from the diet entirely.
- When food is chewed improperly, digestive problems arise and in cases of removing solid foods from the diet nutritional deficiencies give way to reduced immunity; due to deficiencies in vitamins and micronutrients teeth are more susceptive to dental caries.
- Even the loss of a single tooth may initiate the deterioration process of the jawbone (atrophy). The reduced density of the jawbone makes the face look even older, the cheeks become apparently extended, facial wrinkles become deeper and more expressive. The deteriorating jawbone poses difficulties if one has decided to opt for facial reconstruction by means of dental implants. This is mainly because of the reduced density of the jawbone, leaving no place to insert the dental implant. In cases like these it is necessary to augment the jawbone.
- Even the loss of a single tooth initiates irreversible and essentially negative changes in the condition of the jawbone and teeth:
- Lateral teeth, having no support, tilt or migrate towards the cavity of the lost tooth.
- In cases where a tooth is missing in the mandible, the corresponding tooth in the maxilla, having no support, “dropps down” and extends in respect of surrounding teeth.
- The migration of lateral teeth towards the cavity of a lost tooth and the extension of the corresponding tooth in the maxilla causes other issues: while chewing the maxillar tooth pressures the top of tilted teeth and, consequently, accelerates their loss as if bringing down a row of dominoes.
In order to avoid issues concerned with tooth loss present and future patients of „Angitia“ are always welcome here, in Kaunas, where a long-standing staff of experienced dental professionals is ready to help you.