There are many long term complications associated with periodontal disease. Nutrition is one of the most basic. Teeth are required to process the foods that make up a healthy diet. While a person may subsist on a soft food diet, it may not provide the nutrition necessary to maintain a healthy body. Dietary changes can lead to malnutrition and various digestive issues. Dr. Loren Frumker in Cleveland, OH can discuss the effects of periodontal disease with you during your visit.
The Consequences of Tooth Loss Due to Periodontal Disease
When a tooth is lost, adjacent teeth tend to move to fill the space. This results in large gaps as your teeth drift apart. It may also result in shifting or rotation of position that can negatively impact your bite as well as the appearance of your smile. A change in bite can create speech impediments or physical symptoms, such as headaches and tension in the jaw muscles. While it seems unlikely, opposing teeth will also move to fill the space. Without the impact of an upper or lower counterpart, a tooth will grow down or up, depending upon the arch, to fill the space. The tooth could continue until it eventually loosens and must be extracted. This is yet another reason to quickly replace a lost tooth. Dental implants or a partial denture, for example, can maintain the space for the surrounding teeth.
Periodontal Disease Causes Bone Loss
Bone loss is by far the most insidious consequence of periodontal disease. Once a tooth is lost, the root that stimulated the jaw bone is absent and a deterioration process begins. The bone degrades at the site of the lost tooth. This loss is progressive and in those who have lost many teeth, can result in a sunken chin and hollow cheeks. Unfortunately, a denture will do nothing to preserve the bone. Only dental implants will halt the deterioration process by providing a post to fill the tooth root function.
If you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth to periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Frumker in Cleveland, OH. You will learn if dental implants can restore the health and brilliance of your smile.