Tooth loss is only considered a normal occurrence in children who are losing their baby teeth or in seniors who are losing them to their advanced age. However, there are situations where you may lose multiple teeth due to physical trauma. For some people, the prospect of living with an altered smile is enough to make them pay a visit to their family dentist to have these missing teeth replaced. What other people do not realize though is that there a myriad of other consequences when you lose your teeth. As such, they end up developing other dental problems since they ignored the need to have their missing teeth replaced. Here are some of the reasons why you need to visit your family dentist when you lose multiple teeth.
Gradual degradation of your jawbone
For your jawbone to stay in optimum condition, it requires gradual stimulation. Without this stimulation, the jawbone's density as well as overall form will begin to experience negative changes. The main source of stimulation to your jawbone are your teeth. The incessant contact that your teeth make with this bone during the course of the day prompt it to continue regenerating itself. When you lose a tooth, there are no more stresses that are coming into contact with the jawbone. Without the stimulation, you jawbone gradually begins to decrease in its density as the affected area is not regenerating itself. The more teeth you are missing, the greater the degradation of the jawbone and increased bone loss over time. If this is left unchecked, you will find that parts of your face will also begin to become affected and will exhibit this by collapsing around the area that the jaw is degrading. This is due to lack of structural support that is provided by healthy bone. Moreover, a compromised jawbone puts you at more risk of acquiring jaw fractures than people who have healthy bone composition. If you have lost multiple teeth, it is pertinent to see your family dentist for restorative treatment so as to ensure that your jawbone remains stimulated with either false teeth or dental implants.
Misalignment of your teeth
One thing people do not realize is that your teeth provide additional structural support for each other. This is what ensures that they all remain in their rightful place. When you lose some teeth, there less structural support that will guide your teeth into staying in position. As such, they start shifting to make up for the gap that has been made available. This typically leads to bite problems and can make you develop temporomandibular disorders. By having your teeth replaced immediately by your family dentist, you steer clear from additional problems that will come about from the gaps.