What are the effects of tooth loss?

Tooth loss means fewer teeth, and this may lead to reduced chewing efficiency and comfort. It can also become an aesthetic and phonetic problem if it involves a front tooth and this can impact on one’s confidence and lead to reduced self esteem.

In some cases it may lead to jaw problems as teeth adjacent to the gap tips or moves and opposing teeth may over extrude. This can upset the “harmony” of the bite and may also result in jaw joint pain.

It can thus be summarised that fewer teeth often leads to a lower quality of life.