LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles dental implants expert, Dr. Bijan Afar, warns that there are serious consequences associated with tooth loss. Nearly 5 percent of American adults under 64 have lost all their teeth, and about a third of retired adults are missing at least one arch. Most adults over 35 have lost at least one tooth.
Dental health can be adversely affected by tooth loss. Each tooth stimulates the jawbone, so when a tooth is lost, the jawbone can atrophy much in the same way a muscle that is no longer used atrophies. The bone can lose density and strength, and its shape alters to accommodate the new gap. One long-term study revealed that the longer teeth are missing, the more bone loss occurs. When all teeth are lost, a two inch jawbone can deteriorate to less than one-fourth of an inch. Bone grafts can help restore the lost bone, however dental implants can help preserve critical bone density and keep jaws strong and healthy, according to Dr. Afar, Los Angeles dental implants expert.
The remaining teeth, if there are any, also adjust to accommodate the missing tooth. They often begin to shift to close the gap between the teeth. Teeth may tilt sideways or move out of alignment, which can make them more difficult to clean. The remaining teeth are then more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Afar, Los Angeles crown lengthening expert, recommends restoring lost teeth as soon as possible to minimize the risk of shifting and associated dental health problems.
The consequences of tooth loss are not just related to health. Patients may be more likely to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles. Their facial appearance can also be altered as the underlying bones and facial muscles shrink.
About Dr. Afar
Dr. Bijan Afar is a premier Los Angeles dentist. He received a degree in microbiology before attending UCLA's School of Dentistry, from which he received his DDS and MS in Oral Biology. Dr. Afar received the Dentist-Scientist Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
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