Consequences of tooth loss

Author: Dr. Nhan Tam View: 578
The oral system is the first gateway of the digestive system, where most of the nutrients are received to feed the body. Teeth help chew food, saliva smoothes food pellets, helping the digestive organs in the intestines absorb nutrients easily and effectively. For some reason losing teeth, people feel a lack of confidence, difficulties in communication and daily activities, even guilt, sometimes mental breakdown.

It can be said that 100% of nutrients nourish the body through the mouth. Therefore, if there is a problem in the oral system such as toothache, tongue pain, pain in the oral mucosa or loss of teeth, making the patient anorexia, not interested in eating, even afraid of eating, so it greatly affects patient's appetite to general health.

According to Dr.Vo Van Nhan: A healthy oral system plays an important role in aesthetics, social communication, and is one of the factors contributing to success and happiness in life. of every human being. And especially important for occupations that require frequent communication such as business, teacher, diplomat, lawyer, etc. Therefore, the lost teeth need to be restored at the right time and in the right way to improve the quality of life instead of suffering the consequences of tooth loss.

Consequences of tooth loss:

According to Dr. Vo Van Nhan: Losing teeth can be due to many reasons, but the consequences it causes to the health and aesthetics of the face, social communication, happiness in life, etc.. are inevitable. Here are the consequences of tooth loss:

1. Difficulty in chewing food

Losing teeth causes anorexia due to unpalatable soft foods

If a tooth is lost, the chewing force is reduced, so it is not possible to crush the food pellets, leading to limited absorption of nutrients in the stomach and intestines. This leads to a higher risk of digestive system diseases of people who have lost teeth than the general population. On the other hand, the loss of teeth forces the patient to choose softer foods. These foods are sometimes not in the patient's preferences, leading to unpalatable taste, causing anorexia, affecting the health of the body.

2. Degenerative jaw bone (jaw bone resorption)

The force of chewing on the teeth causes irritation to the jawbone area around the teeth. It is this stimulation that helps maintain bone density.If the tooth is lost, the impact force is no longer available, the jawbone will be gradually reduced. As the jawbone becomes smaller and smaller, the nerve gets closer to the lining of the mouth. If the patient uses a denture, the denture touches the nerve causing pain.

The jawbone is increasingly reduced, the denture touches the nerve causing pain

3. Premature aging

The jawbone supports the entire facial structure. When the jawbone is lost due to tooth loss, the cheeks are sunken in, the facial skin is sagging, the skin around the mouth appears wrinkles, making the face look much older than the real age.

4. Affects remaining teeth

When teeth are lost without being restored, like the “domino effect”, the remaining teeth are affected as well.

When there are enough teeth, each tooth will support each other, the chewing force is spread evenly. When a tooth is lost, the opposing teeth lose support and they tend to protrude into the space created by the missing tooth. As a result, it interferes with chewing activities and is one of the causes of TMJ dysfunction, pain in the temporal region, jaw fatigue, neck muscle fatigue, teeth grinding.

The chewing force focuses on the incisors area, causing the teeth to protrude forward

In particular, the loss of molars will cause more serious consequences. The chewing force focuses on the incisors, which causes them to be overloaded and at risk of protruding along with the phenomenon of distal or proximal movement. Over time, gaps in the front teeth form, affecting the aesthetic appearance of the face. These gaps are also one of the reasons why the front teeth are loose and have to be extracted.

5. Affects maxillary sinus

When all the upper molars are complete, the maxillary sinus remains in its original position between the head and the nose. But when the upper molars are lost, the bone is gradually reduced, the maxillary sinuses begin to expand and destroy the jaw bone from the inside to the outside. If you want to restore lost teeth, you must use the method of sinus lift. But this can be completely avoided if the lost teeth are restored early with the right method.

6. Headache due to tooth loss

If the tooth is lost, the support force is also lost, the other teeth will be tilted in a random direction, the chewing force on the adjacent teeth increases abnormally, affecting the nerve connecting the two jaw bones, causing pain. The first is a common symptom of temporomandibular dysfunction.

To sum up, tooth loss affects people of all ages, but is particularly devastating for the elderly. Studies show that the rate of tooth loss is proportional to age. Along with medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure, osteoporosis, etc., dental intervention in the elderly is a challenge for dentists.

To truly become a reliable person in dental health care for the elderly, the doctors at Nhan Tam dental clinic are not only good at professional knowledge and experience, but also have to be knowledgeable about general health. of the patient to be able to choose the most appropriate dental intervention method.

Nhan Tam Dental Clinic is always ready to receive and treat all cases of dental problems, from the simplest to the most complex. If you are wondering or worried about your oral health, please call Hotline 1900 56 5678 or come to Nhan Tam Dental Clinic for a free consultation and examination. We are always ready to assist you.