The Psychological Repercussions Of Tooth Loss Go Deep

Posted on Jun 09, 2015 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Think tooth loss is no big deal? Apparently, it affects much more than your smile. Tooth loss has been associated with feelings of depression, loss of self-esteem, being less involved socially and feeling less inclined to climb the career ladder.

The Academy of General Dentistry surveyed over 20,000 dentists who extract about 20 million teeth per year. Their patients revealed social embarrassment and being more likely to avoid social activities.

The psychological issues that are associated with tooth loss have an effect that reaches far beyond the compromised ability to bite and chew dependably. Losing teeth apparently impacts one’s quality of life.

Perhaps this is a stronger reason than suspected for the popularity of Dental Implants as the preferred tooth replacement option. While we in the dental field typically rank eating comfort and laughing confidence as the top reasons for choosing implants, apparently the psychological aspects play a much larger role than once known.

As a Periodontist, I place many implants in people who have recently lost teeth as well as those who have been missing teeth for quite some time. I hear many patients cite the top reasons they have for selecting Dental Implants. Yet, their feelings of embarrassment or lack of self-confidence that result from tooth loss go much deeper.

Dental Implants restore the look, feel and function of natural teeth while boosting one’s zeal for living fully and actively. Because implants are designed to last a lifetime, they also make for a wise investment!

Are missing teeth overshadowing your quality of life? Call 828-274-9440 for a consultation appointment. We’ll discuss options best for your needs and answer your questions thoroughly.

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