Tooth Loss: The Emotional Effects of Missing Teeth
Approximately 30% of the working or retired population of the United States are missing at least one of their permanent teeth. Tooth loss can happen for a multitude of reasons: bone loss, gum disease, gum recession, an accident, or other oral health issues.
Obviously this isn’t aesthetically pleasing, but 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.
Demand on the Rise for Tooth Replacement Alternatives
Most recent surveys of those with missing teeth show a demand for more options when it comes to tooth replacement. Unfortunately, barring an instance where a person has thousands of dollars at their disposal, the dental care options just haven’t been there.
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.