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The real casualties of tooth loss

At Evodental we deal in full jaw rehabilitation, providing dental implant-based treatment for patients who require full jaw oral reconstructions.

Nutrition and confidence are the first casualties of tooth loss.

But what does that rehabilitation mean for our patients? To answer that question we really need to ask another question altogether. How does losing teeth affect your health and wellbeing?

Missing out

The simple answer is that the effects of tooth loss are fundamental. Studies have shown that often the first casualty of failing oral health is basic nutrition.

At Evodental we see many patients in need of full jaw rehabilitation who have spent years – sometimes decades – missing out not only on the foods they love but also on foods that contribute to a healthy diet.

In other words, many of those who lose multiple teeth are also at risk from the health consequences of eating poorly. As we know, poor nutrition contributes to scores of medical problems, from diabetes and heart disease to many major cancers.

Dentures not the answer

Even when missing teeth are replaced with dentures, problems remain. A 2002 study published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry concluded that dentures – whatever their quality (and many that we see are poor) – didn’t solve the problem of poor nutrition.

“The majority of subjects (in the study) had deficient diets regardless of the technical quality of their dentures,” wrote the researchers.

An article in the August 2016 issue of Periodontology 2000 went even further on the health consequences of losing teeth. The article suggests that tooth loss is “a predicator of shortened longevity.”

In other words, losing teeth can shorten your life, and the health consequences are real even when you replace missing teeth with dentures.

Hiding smiles

But perhaps surprisingly, poor health associated with multiple tooth loss is only partly down to poor diet. Other ingredients in this unhappy cocktail include anxiety, declining confidence, isolation and even depression.

Studies have shown that there is a clear connection between tooth loss and mental health problems. It’s well known that people with depression, for example, are at increased risk of tooth decay and tooth loss.

One recent consumer study found that nearly a third of respondents who considered their teeth to be poor said it negatively affected their confidence.

Mental health. The real casualties of tooth loss

Low self-confidence

Meanwhile, a study published in the British Dental Journal focused specifically on people’s emotional reactions to tooth loss, and found consequences that included, “lowered self-confidence, altered self-image, dislike of appearance…behaving in a way that keeps the tooth loss secret, altered behaviour in socialising and forming close relationships (and) premature ageing.”

The study’s authors concluded: “Tooth loss can be disabling and handicapping. It has a profound impact on the lives of some people, even those who are apparently coping well with dentures.”

A real solution

What’s clear from these studies, and many more, is that multiple tooth loss has serious physical and emotional consequences for sufferers, and that dentures do not come close to resolving those issues.

Here at Evodental we don’t deal in dentures, quick fixes or half measures. We provide full-jaw dental implants and a permanent, bespoke prosthesis of new teeth that allows our patients to eat what they want, socialise with confidence, and get back their smiling habits.

Seriously, we see a lot of smiling faces at Evodental. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what our patients say.

To learn more about Evodental and what we can do for you please visit our website.