Tooth Loss - The Emotional Effects of Missing Teeth

Demoralizing Tooth Loss Causes These 3 Top Emotional Effects

Bil Watson

Common Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss is one of the most common dental issues. Approximately 30% of the working or retired population of the United States are missing at least one of their permanent teeth. But why do people lose their teeth?

Tooth Loss

There are four major reasons:

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is when inflammation of the gums causes the gums to recede, leaving deep pockets for bacteria and plaque to build up and rot teeth from the root.

Gum disease can also affect the jawbone, which leaves no support for teeth.


Cavities that are allowed to grow rot the tooth. They are caused by bacteria eating away at the tooth enamel to reach the dentin underneath, which often results in the tooth being extracted.

Physical Injury or Trauma

Falling, car accidents, and sports can all cause tooth loss. Making sure your teeth aren’t constantly challenged by things like bottle caps, lids, and loosening knots can help preserve your teeth. Wearing a mouthguard can prevent injury during sports as well.

Diseases and Other Risk

  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Poor Nutrition

Tooth loss in general isn’t necessarily a serious issue, depending on the reason for tooth loss. But obviously this isn’t aesthetically pleasing, so what about the emotional ramifications? Numerous studies have shown that people with tooth loss are viewed in a more negative light than those with perfect smiles.

Those with missing teeth are all too aware of this reality, and it can have a terrible impact on their mental health.

Emotional Issues Caused By Tooth Loss

Many issues can arise from something as serious as tooth loss: depression, poor self-esteem, and speech problems. These problems can lead to a person isolating themselves and being unwilling to socialize.

When teeth loss or tooth loss is quite apparent (perhaps there’s a missing front tooth) the depression and social anxiety can increase.

Individuals with missing teeth feel self-conscious and less attractive. They are often unwilling to talk and smile as they would have before the tooth loss. Even when the tooth loss is less noticeable or the person has perfect oral health, it can have a negative impact.

Among adults with one or two missing teeth, many report confidence loss because they can’t eat as they used to.

Treating Tooth Loss with One Smile Alternative

A fairly new option for those looking to fill in gaps caused by missing teeth, as well as brighten their smile, is Press On Veneers™. The veneers hold to and cover all the remaining teeth, and you can once again smile and talk comfortably as you used to.

There is no filing or any negative effects to your natural teeth that are still in placere (unlike porcelain veneers purchased through a dentist).

Your health and dental care are important. You should always have your dentist check your oral health and dental wellness.

Press On Veneers™ by Brighter Image Lab are a safe, attractive, and far more affordable way to gain a new smile and boost your confidence.

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