Are Your Missing Teeth Responsible For Your Early Aging?
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Dr. Shiotsu
It's not easy to have missing teeth. We understand. We're here to tell you, you're not the only person in America with missing teeth. In fact, 30 million Americans have at least one missing tooth. That means a lot of people are in the same place you are. You already know that having missing teeth can cause trouble in your mouth, but did you know that it can make you look older than you really are? We have some information for you about losing teeth and premature aging.
Why Teeth Go Missing
There are many reasons why you might lose a tooth. Sometimes, it happens due to an accident or an injury. More frequently, people lose teeth because of tooth decay. When tooth decay occurs, bacteria work to make a hole in your tooth enamel. Over time the hole continues to grow larger, until the cavity drills its way into your tooth pulp. That's when you may start to feel the pain from the cavity. If we catch it early enough, we can fix cavities. However, if you don't get your cavity checked, eventually, it will cause you to lose a tooth.
If you lose a tooth towards the back of your mouth, it may not be noticeable. However, if you lose a tooth closer to the front, a lot of people notice- and it makes you look older than you really are. Over time, missing teeth can lead to bone loss and gum shrinkage. When there is no tooth attached to your gum and your jawbone, your body thinks you don't need that bone and tissue, and so it begins to pull tissue and bone away from your mouth to use elsewhere. This makes your jaw look weaker, it could make your cheeks appear more sunken, and it could eventually change the shape of your face. All of this makes you look prematurely older than you are.
If you are worried your missing teeth are aging you, we have some solutions. Why not give us a call and let us meet with you to offer you some answers for your missing teeth.
Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Mercer Island, Washington
Location 2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3 Mercer Island, WA 98040-2985 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm (206) 232-3600