If you're reading this, you either have a tooth loss or loose tooth that's about to fall out or have already lost one. You are most likely experiencing the consequences of losing your teeth. You're probably afraid, angry, and frustrated with the situation. You're probably feeling a little stressed and concerned about the costs of having a new tooth.
We get it! We deal with patients who are losing teeth or who already have a missing tooth daily. We understand the loss of teeth affects your emotional well-being and social relationships.
What are the reasons for tooth loss?
Many factors can lead to tooth loss. Among these are – but are not limited to – the following:
- Sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
- Use of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs
- Bad Oral Hygiene
- Gum Disease
- Grinding of teeth
- Prescription drugs
- Tooth Decay
- Various Medical Conditions
In a nutshell, the two most common culprits are poor oral hygiene and dietary habits. Furthermore, tooth loss may occur as a result of the aging process. In reality, as you get older, your chances of losing a tooth rise dramatically.
What are the psychological consequences of missing teeth?
Tooth loss is regarded as a traumatic occurrence, regardless of the “why” and “how” of the case. Our smile is considered to be one of the most important resources at our disposal. The mouth helps us communicate, make impressions, raise our morale, and improve our self-esteem.
When we lose a tooth, we face a slew of adverse emotional effects. Denial, frustration, depression, and even anxiety are examples of these. Missing teeth hurt your mental health regardless of who you are, what work you have, or your social standing.
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Self-Confidence?
Your smile is always the first thing that people notice about you, and for some people, that moment will set the stage for the rest of your time with them. According to studies, one of the unique attributes that anyone can remember about you is your smile. Your smile is an integral part of your personality and how you communicate with others, which is why missing teeth can be so distressing.
Tooth loss also causes people to gradually lose trust and self-esteem over time, affecting how you communicate with others at work and other social settings.
What are the Social Implications of Tooth Loss?
Tooth loss carries a certain social stigma. People feel embarrassed when they lose a tooth. Many people with missing teeth are stereotyped as those who do not adequately care for themselves, as those who are unfit, and as someone too poor to tackle the issues.
The truth is that a variety of causes tooth loss. Not all of them are linked explicitly to these common stereotypes. Individuals who are missing a tooth are less likely to communicate socially with others. In reality, many people withdraw entirely because they believe that the missing tooth compromises their appearance.
What are the Emotional Stages of Tooth Loss?
Whether as a result of dental trauma or an underlying oral health issue, losing a tooth may be a painful experience because it alters your appearance. Some patients have described their experience as being emotionally comparable to losing a close friend or family member. There are many emotional stages associated with tooth loss, including:
- Denial of having an issue or attempting to ignore the situation.
- Anger directed at yourself or others.
- Depression as a result of poor self-esteem
- Acceptance that this condition exists and that you must find a solution.
- If you’ve reached the acceptance point, you’ll probably start searching for new ways to replace your teeth.
What are the options to replace missing teeth after tooth loss?
There are many options available to replace a missing tooth. Depending on whether you have one or missing teeth, the missing teeth replacement options vary.
- If you have a single missing tooth – single dental implants, one tooth removable partial denture, one tooth bridge are the options.
- If there are multiple missing teeth – multiple dental implants, removable partial denture, multiple teeth bridge, implant-supported bridge are the options, and dental bridge.
- All the teeth are missing – all on 4 dental implants, all on 6 dental implants, implant-supported dentures, click-in dentures, conventional complete dentures are the options.
- Dental implants are considered an excellent way to replace missing teeth because their longevity and dental implant benefits are high compared to other options.
Looking for the best tooth loss treatment in Tennessee?
Dr. Adatrow can help!
Please contact us right away. Our friendly staff is ready to answer all your questions and arrange a consulting appointment with Dr. Adatrow. Dr. Adatrow has more than 18 years of experience in placing dental implants, with a success rate of over 97%. He is a Board-certified Prosthodontist and Periodontist and provides personalized care for his patients.