Tooth and Bone Loss

Gum Disease is the #1 Cause of Tooth Loss in U.S. Adults

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How Periodontal Disease Causes Tooth Loss

Tooth Loss Affects Your Whole Life

Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons. Anything from disease, injury, birth defect, to decay can result in teeth being lost or removed. 

Things that may occur as a result of tooth loss include:

  • Change in Diet
  • Difficulty with Speech
  • Bone Loss in the Jaw
  • Misalignment of the Teeth
  • Changing Facial Appearance

Preventing Tooth and Bone Loss: Treating Gum Disease in Sacramento, CA

In the most serious and drastic circumstances, gum disease that is left untreated can result in tooth and bone loss. This can have some very noticeable effects on your everyday life, which is why it is important to contact Dr. Jonathan Szymanowski and Dr. C. Thaddeus Szymanowski about treating gum disease in the early stages. Here are a few examples of how tooth and bone loss can affect your health:

Malnutrition

When a periodontal infection causes damage to the bone and tissues that give your teeth support, these teeth can begin to loosen or even fall out. Chewing and biting food then becomes difficult and, in some cases, painful. Many patients decide to alter their diet to stick to foods that are softer and easier to chew. However, this can be problematic as these types of diets rarely satisfy the nutritional needs of the body. Issues such as weight loss, malnutrition, and indigestion are quite common in patients with tooth or bone loss.

Speech Impairment

As teeth fall as a result of gum disease, it becomes difficult or even impossible to pronounce certain letter sounds that require tongue to tooth contact. Many patients develop lisps or other speech impairments that can impede communication.

Head and Neck Pain

As tooth and bone loss occur, your remaining teeth can begin to shift around in order to fill the newly emptied spaces. When your teeth change position, your bite will be altered and possibly prevent your jaw from closing properly. This often creates tension and pain that can spread to other nearby areas including the head and neck.

Enhanced Signs of Aging

One of the functions of your teeth and bone is to hold the lips and cheeks in place. When gum disease arises and causes tooth and bone loss, these areas lose their natural support systems and begin to sink inward. This can cause you to look much older than you actually are.

These are a few examples of how tooth and bone loss can affect your everyday routine. If you suspect that you are suffering from gum disease, please contact Drs. Szymanowski and schedule your consultation today!