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Your Cape May County Dentist Says Missing Teeth Spell Disaster

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It’s hard to enjoy a delicious dinner of fresh blue crab and black sea bass with teeth missing. But a visit to your Cape May County dentist offers a remedy to your woes, allowing you to restore the quality of life you once had. Furthermore, by being proactive, you can avoid the oral health pitfalls associated with having teeth missing over a prolonged period of time.


WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH

Your face, mouth, and teeth form a network that works to maintain the shape of your face, extract nutrients from your food, and articulate words properly. When you have missing teeth, it disrupts this relationship. Most importantly, though, prolonged loss of teeth can have adverse effects on your oral health.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TEETH ARE MISSING OVER TIME?

  • Bone Loss – Tooth loss can lead to reduced bone growth because your teeth depend on the contact they have with each other throughout the day. This contact tells your jawbone that there is a need to maintain the overall structure of your face. When your teeth are missing there is a loss of stimulation, and less bone growth as a result. Over time your face begins to collapse and change in shape.
  • Misalignment of Teeth – The gaps and spaces left by missing teeth can cause the remaining ones to misalign, as they drift into the vacated spots.
  • Speech Issues – Your teeth have a major impact on your articulation of words. They are designed so that in their correctly aligned states, they help form the sounds that emerge from your mouth properly.
  • Oral Hygiene – Missing teeth can lead to gum disease, as remaining teeth can crowd, making it harder to reach all of them for proper cleaning. This can allow plaque and tartar to build up.
  • Elongated Tooth – The jaw and gum shifting that occurs from the prolonged loss of teeth can cause elongated teeth, making some appear to be different lengths.

THE EFFECT ON YOUR CONFIDENCE

Having missing teeth not only affects you physically, but it also affects your mental state. The shifting of your face from its normal appearance to the collapsed version where your chin protrudes and wrinkles appear can have negative effects on your self-esteem.

Studies show that decreased self-esteem hinders your ability to cope with stress and maintain a positive attitude. Furthermore, it can serve as a gateway to depression.

THERE’S ALWAYS A REMEDY

By being proactive you give yourself an opportunity to correct a minor problem before it becomes major. Visiting a professional skilled in implants and restorative dentistry to address this issue early is an avenue to restoring the quality of life you deserve.

About the Author

Scott J. Maslow, DMD earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Political Science at Case Western Reserve University, and received his Doctorate from Temple Dental School. A member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, he appeared on the TV show “Closer to Home,” assisting with a smile makeover. He was also recognized as one of New Jersey’s “2017 Top Dentists.” You can find Dr. Maslow practicing at Diamond Beach Dental, and he can be reached at his website.

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