Missing All Teeth

Missing all teeth can impact your life and can impact our lives, both functionally and aesthetically. But the lack of teeth can cause us a series of health problems, including problems with chewing, speaking, and chronic headaches. Also, can changes in the structure of our face and even psychological damage that can seriously affect our quality of life and how we relate to the world.

The problem: Missing All Teeth
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How does it impact your life?

Missing all teeth can impact your life and can impact our lives, both functionally and aesthetically. But the lack of teeth can cause us a series of health problems, including problems with chewing, speaking, and chronic headaches. Also, can changes in the structure of our face and even psychological damage that can seriously affect our quality of life and how we relate to the world.

Permanent teeth are designed to be with us for life. But, for different reasons, why we can lose them. Untreated tooth decay is the primary and best-known reason why we can lose teeth. Decay can destroy all dental tissues, rendering the tooth useless in every way.

The second best-known cause is severe gum disease caused by untreated bacterial infections that can destroy the tissues that hold our teeth in place in the bone, causing them to loosen and eventually fall out.

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What happens when you lose teeth?

When people lose their teeth, their quality of life is diminished. They will experience dramatic changes in their aesthetics, digestive system, masticatory, communication process, etc.

Aesthetic changes are perhaps the most dramatic for people and can damage self-esteem. When people lost teeth, the bone in which the teeth ‘roots were embedded ceases to be functional and begins to be reabsorbed, causing a decrease in height in the lower part of the face. Resulting in people taking on an aged look in their appearance

Poor chewing due to loss of all teeth; one of our teeth ‘primary functions is our food’s grinding. Without them, chewing becomes insufficient; Therefore, the digestive and absorption process of the nutrients extracted from food is seriously affected.

Also, the lack of teeth will limit the patient’s diet, which can lead the person to have a deficient nutritional level, leaving him with a significantly weakened defense system.

Phonation problems due to missing teeth; The teeth also play an essential role in the communication process. Without them, the patient will have trouble pronouncing the linguo-dental and lip-dental phonemes.

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How does it affect your oral health?

Losing all teeth can lead directly to impairment, functional limitation, physical, psychological and social disability.

Losing our teeth can cause functional and sensory deficiencies in the oral mucosa, oral musculature, and glands that produce saliva. A decrease in the healing capacity of the oral mucosa is also expected.

All this affects the natural defense system’s function in our mouth, leaving it susceptible to bacterial attacks — the most frequent being oral candidiasis and mouth ulcers. The mouth is a perfect gear that is structured naturally and strategically. Each piece has a specific function; canines, for example, are used to tear food apart. They also take care of facial contour.

When a tooth is lost, the bite takes incorrect and damaging positions. This, to compensate for the spaces left by the teeth that were lost. Consequently, a complete imbalance of the stomatognathic apparatus is generated when trying to find the “correct” bite.

Also, when one or more pieces are lost, the adjacent and opposite teeth will occupy the free space and incline little by little until they find contact with a neighboring tooth. This means a significant change in the teeth ‘position that can cause loss of anchorage, generate mobility, and even loss.

Parts in position are difficult to clean; consequently, they harbor more bacteria and are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. The more pieces that are missing and the longer it takes to replace them, the greater the alloys, so it is recommended that you replace it as soon as possible if you lose a tooth.

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What is the best option if you are missing all teeth?

Currently, the best way to replace missing teeth is dental implants. Its most significant advantage over the other treatments is that it provides bone maintenance. This means that it avoids the bone loss that is generated when you lose teeth. Plus, they are highly aesthetic, practical, and look and feel like natural teeth.

Dental implants consist of titanium fixings embedded in the jaw bone just in the spaces left by missing teeth. On this titanium fixation, a crown or a prosthetic tooth that is generally made of ceramic is placed. Another advantage that makes implants so attractive is that the adjacent teeth remain intact; that is, there is no need to carve them, as in fixed bridges, which must cut the neighboring teeth to hold them.

Another advantage that makes implants so attractive is that the adjacent teeth remain intact; that is, there is no need to carve them, as in fixed bridges, which must cut the neighboring teeth to hold them.

What's a solution if you have missing teeth?

The first thing to know is that you have every chance of getting your smile back. In case you lost your teeth in an accident or lost them due to tooth decay or gum disease, you have the potential to improve your appearance, your chewing, and your speech. Here are some solutions you can choose from:

Dental implants: they are by far the best option from all points of view. They allow recovering the appearance and functionality. They are minimally invasive compared to dental bridges. And compared to removable dentures, they are much more comfortable, they do not loosen, and the patient can talk and eat without fear of them moving or falling.

Fixed bridges: these are a viable solution currently but highly recommended due to their essential disadvantages. Fixed bridges must affect adjacent teeth for placement. And their most significant drawback is that they do not prevent bone loss.

Dentures: It is a very outdated tooth replacement technique that involves the manufacture of a removable prosthesis that can be removed and put on. They can be made of acrylic, metal, or nylon. Sometimes it can take time to get used to, and some patients are never entirely comfortable talking and eating.