The Psychological Effects of a Lost Tooth

Losing an adult tooth is one of those things that we think will never happen to us. We think that we are safe. Even if it does happen, we convince ourselves that it isn’t that bad. It could be a lot worse, after all. The problem with this type of thinking is that while you are busy “toughing it out,” your body and mind are suffering. Don’t wait any longer. Get an affordable dental implant now!

The Physical Discomfort – It is very uncomfortable to have a missing tooth. Everything from chewing to speaking is affected. Patients often tell us that they stopped chewing on one side of their mouth because chewing with the gap was just too painful. Over time, your remaining teeth will shift into that empty space leaving you with alignment issues. A misaligned smile can lead to a host of other issues, but the physical effects aren’t the only thing you have to worry about.

The Emotional Discomfort – New research shows that a missing tooth leads to more than just physical problems. Your emotional well-being can be affected at the same time. Research shows a link between a missing tooth (or teeth) and depression or anxiety. It’s no surprise to us. When you can’t smile freely and confidently, your self-esteem will drop and your mental state will suffer.

All of that from one lost tooth? Absolutely. It is serious business to lose an adult tooth, and we hope that you are willing to do what needs to be done to protect yourself. Contact us today to set up an appointment for your next exam or cleaning. While you are here, you can ask us about your dental implant options. We would love to help!

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