Tooth Loss and Depression

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Losing a tooth can be an upsetting experience, but a recent study indicates that it can be more than just upsetting. It can lead to depression and anxiety. This study was presented during the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research and included nearly 300 participants, including both men and women of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information from the participants evaluated access to care, self-esteem, self-worth, dental anxiety and dental negligence. Information about tooth decay, periodontal disease and tooth loss were also recorded. After analyzing the results, researchers determined that tooth loss was strongly correlated to depression and anxiety. Participants who had lost no teeth were less likely to suffer from these conditions.

If you have suffered from a lost a tooth, you have options. Dental implants are the closest option to your own natural teeth and can permanently fix future dental problems correlated to tooth loss. They replace the root and the crown of the lost teeth, giving patients a treatment that is strong, stable and aesthetic enough that they may just forget that they have an implant. Other restorations are also available, including bridges and dentures.

Tooth loss has been associated with other potentially serious dental and general health concerns, also. When you lose a tooth, your other teeth may shift out of position and become misaligned. With misaligned teeth, you may be more likely to develop decay or gum disease, and bone loss in the jaw is possible. There is a higher chance that patients have poor nutritional status or obesity. Recent studies have even linked tooth loss with dementia. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in dental implants in Huntington Beach.