The number one cause of tooth loss in adults is gum disease. Regardless of the cause of tooth loss, one thing is certain: even one missing tooth can allow your remaining teeth to shift and your jaw bone to start to deteriorate. How can tooth loss affect you?
Diet — Misaligned teeth ultimately lead to a misaligned bite. If your upper and lower jaws do not line up properly, the ability to chew becomes difficult. With a compromised ability to chew, food restrictions become necessary, which may limit the body’s access to vital nutrients.
Speech — Try reading this sentence (yes, this one) without using your teeth in any way, shape or form. Without teeth, even simple sounds become complicated, resulting in a potentially embarrassing lisp or other impediment.
Bone Loss in the Jaw — When even a single tooth is missing, the jaw bone begins to deteriorate. The alveolar bone (which anchors the teeth in the mouth), begins to break down, making future tooth loss more likely.
Misalignment — When the upper dental arch and lower dental arch do not meet, the resulting misalignment can cause bite problems, painful jaw disorders, as well as headache, neck ache, and shoulder pain.
Facial Appearance — Not only do your teeth allow you to smile, chew, and speak, they provide support for your facial structures. Without teeth, your mouth would appear to be “sunken in,” making you look much older than you actually are.
No one tells it more perfectly than our patients
“Dr. Marcus (Michael) is truly a life saver! He is the super hero of all dentists. He is the most understanding, gentle, compassionate dentist who takes the time to make you feel comfortable and safe. I have serious fears of the dentist from horrible past experiences, but Dr. Marcus takes away all my worries. He…
“I wish I could give more stars! My appointment with Dr Marcus was Life Changing!!! I went in for a 2nd opinion, my crown was chipped & hurting. Dr M told me I was clenching & told me I was not getting deep sleep…. well I am 53 yrs old, always tired, never had dreams…
“I cannot imagine a more professional, competent and friendly dental practice. I actually look forward to my dental appointments. I have been a patient here for over twenty years and have had complex dental needs during that time. I highly recommend this practice.”
“My experience with Dr. Marcus and his team made it clear to me that they are genuinely committed to the well-being of their patients’ dental health. They took the time to listen to all of my concerns and then outlined a very clear plan for treatment.”
“This dental office is absolutely top-notch. Dr Marcus is excellent and has brought my husband’s mouth back into good dental health after years of cracked teeth and root canals. The office is run with professionalism and I have never been kept waiting for an appointment. Highly recommend!”
“There’s a reason I’ve been coming here for over 2 decades! Not many can say they enjoy their experience at the dentist, but I can! Love Dr. Marcus and his team (Joan, Dawn, etc.).”
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