Why You Should Never Ignore a Missing Tooth

Tooth loss is a very common problem for American adults. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, over 170 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and approximately 40 million suffer from full tooth loss. Even a single missing tooth can have a negative effect on your appearance, self-esteem, and oral health. Dr. Juan M. Carrillo and our team offer cosmetic and general dentistry services in Richmond, Virginia.

What happens when you lose a tooth

Losing a tooth can have a dramatic impact on your appearance and self-esteem. If the missing tooth is visible when you smile, it can create problems in your professional and social life and affect your quality of life. Unfortunately, tooth loss also increases your risk of oral and general health problems, like gum disease and poor nutrition. 

Gum disease risk

When you lose a tooth, the bone tissue that supported the root in the gums begins to erode, increasing the risk of infection and periodontal (gum) disease. Another possible side effect of missing teeth is gum recession, which can also impact your appearance and increase the risk of pockets that lead to bacteria and plaque build-up. Oral health problems, like gum disease, have also been linked to complications with general health problems, like diabetes and heart disease. 


A secondary side effect of tooth loss is poor nutrition. One or more missing teeth can make it difficult and painful to chew and eat certain foods, which can affect your health over time, resulting in weight loss and lack of essential nutrients.

Quality of life problems

Missing teeth can also affect your speech, and lead to stress and anxiety over your appearance.

Tooth loss doesn’t have to be permanent

Tooth loss can be a traumatic experience, whether it’s due to gum disease or an accident or sports injury. However, there are several options available to close the gaps in your smile and get your oral health back on track. Dr. Carrillo offers crowns and bridgework and dental implants. Both are effective and proven solutions for tooth loss. To qualify for dental implants, patients generally need to be in good health and have enough bone density in the gums to support an implant. Dr. Carrillo will perform a comprehensive dental exam and recommend the best treatment plan for your needs.

If you’re suffering from full or partial tooth loss, we can help. Contact Juan M. Carrillo, DMD, today to learn more about your tooth replacement options and to schedule an appointment at our office in Richmond, Virginia.

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