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Replacing Missing Teeth Is About Your Health as Well as Your Smile

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No one wants to run around with a gap-toothed smile, at least not after elementary school. Yet the American College of Prosthodontists says there are 120 million Americans walking around with missing teeth. Many choose not to fix the problem, assuming it’s just a cosmetic issue. If you’re among them, you need to know that lost teeth pose a health risk.

While a missing tooth is a definite cosmetic issue, many of our Chicago area patients are surprised to learn that tooth loss causes serious health issues. That’s why Irfan Atcha, DDS, DICOI, DADIA, is passionate about helping his patients find solutions to their lost teeth. Here’s a closer look at how your missing teeth can negatively affect your health and what you can do about it.

You may look older than you are

The skin around your mouth doesn’t get enough support when you lose teeth. This leads to sagging skin, which makes you look older than you are. So, you probably want to address those missing teeth before this damage happens.

Your diet will suffer

Healthy, nutritious foods are vital for your long-term health. Yet with missing teeth, you may struggle to crunch an apple or munch on a carrot. Softer foods, which are easier to eat, are often less nutritious. A diet filled with soft foods puts your long-term health at risk. Your body needs a balanced diet, and you need your teeth to eat well.

Bone mass may decrease

Teeth are anchored to the jawbone. When a tooth is lost, the part of the jawbone that once supported it will recede. Why? Because the body senses you don’t need that part of the bone, and it stops sending nutrients to it. If you decide later that you do want to replace the lost tooth, you might need a jawbone graft first.

Your teeth may move

If you’ve ever had braces, you know that they can and do shift. When you lose a tooth, the teeth around it will naturally move to fill the space. This means that not only will you have that one gap, but you may develop new ones. Teeth that aren’t in the right position can’t do their job well either, and misaligned teeth can lead to bite and jaw problems.

Missing teeth can affect your emotional health

Beauty may only be skin deep, but the truth is we are all affected by how we look. When you have teeth missing, you may feel less confident and less prone to smiling. That lack of confidence or insecurity about how you look can damage your emotional health, leading to problems like anxiety, depression and social isolation.

The solution to missing teeth is simple!

While missing teeth can cause serious problems, the good news for adults who lose a tooth is this: The solution to your missing teeth is simple! Dr. Atcha at New Teeth Chicago Dental has a variety of methods to replace lost teeth. Whether you opt for a bridge, dentures or an implant, Dr. Atcha can ensure you do not suffer these ill effects from missing teeth. If you’re ready to protect your health, replace your teeth and restore your confidence by giving New Teeth Chicago Dental a call! You can also book an appointment with our Chicago practice online.

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“I am Dr. Atcha and I focus on helping people who have been struggling to find the answers for their serious dental issues with missing and failing teeth when everything they’ve tried before has failed.”

Dr. Atcha is a diplomat implantologist and a cosmetic dentist nationally recognized in complex dental implant cases, complex cosmetic dentistry cases, digital implant dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Dr. Atcha holds dental licenses in Illinois, Florida, and California.

Dr. Atcha prides himself in making sure every patient receives first-class treatment and achieves a million-dollar smile, which enhances their self-confidence and self-esteem. His commitment to providing the highest value of care from the moment you open the doors to New Teeth Chicago Dental is evident through his patients’ impressive reviews.

I know how frustrating it is… I’ve talked with hundreds of patients, many of them get so emotional, who lived every day with embarrassment, pain, and hopelessness because of missing and damaged teeth or ill fitting dentures and partial dentures or they’ve been told they are NOT a good candidate for dental implants due to lack of jaw bone.

“These patients thought they would be trapped with those feeling for the rest of their lives, but together, we found a way, and we provided hope with the care we provided that worked, and now they live fulfilled lives, with healthy, fully-functioning, and beautiful smiles.”

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