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How Losing Teeth as An Adult is Different


Posted on 9/30/2019 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
How Losing Teeth as An Adult is DifferentWhen you lost a tooth as a child, it was not a big deal, because there was always another one behind it. Even if you lost a tooth early due to trauma, you could be assured that another would eventually come along.

However, as an adult, things are different. Obviously, you cannot expect to grow another tooth to replace one you lose, but did you know there are other issues with losing a tooth as an adult? Here is more information on losing teeth, and what it can do to you.

The Role of Your Teeth


Before we discuss how losing a tooth as an adult can affect you, it helps to understand what your teeth do. Of course, they are responsible for tearing and chewing food. But beyond that, the teeth play an important role.

For one thing, the teeth are necessary for proper speaking. Even more, though, is their role in giving your face its shape. When you lose a tooth as an adult, eventually, the bone where it used to grow will begin to deteriorate. This is why some older people who have lost their teeth have a sunken appearance in their face. A missing tooth will eventually result in a drastically altered appearance.

Taking Care of Your Teeth


Having said this, what can you do to help make sure you don't lose your teeth? Of course, you need to engage in regular dental hygiene practices. Further, you need to be sure to have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months.

Finally, if you do end up losing a tooth, talk to us right away. We can show you some of your options for replacing the tooth—and avoiding those issues that can arise when you are missing your teeth. So pick up the phone and call us.
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