Tooth Loss Could Be Causing Anxiety and Depression

Your tooth loss could be causing anxiety and depression!

Recent research shows that there is a link between tooth loss and anxiety and depression. The cause and effect between tooth loss and anxiety and depression seems to be blurry but there has been a link between all three factors. 

If you looking into getting dental implants or some method of covering up your toothlessness than you are one of the millions that go online daily to research a solution on toothlessness. New research is showing that they might be a connection between anxiety and depression and tooth loss. After all we live in a social media crazy world where everything is analysed physically. Many people choose not to smile or put their hands over their mouths if they are conscious about their smiles which send signals to your brain causing you to feel more sad than happy. Researchers are not sure if the results from the study are cause and effect because it could be that more depressed people neglect their health and their teeth which leads to toothlessness but nevertheless there is a link between toothlessness, anxiety and depression. Whatever the case is its important to get the message out there and make sure that people take care of themselves and their oral hygiene. Brush, floss and mouth rinse daily. 

Should you suffer from tooth loss the latest most modern technique to fixing toothlessness is dental implants. The top American Dental Association suggests dental implants as the best solution as it keeps healthy bone intact and helps support muscles making you look years younger. 

A recent patient that came to us to get find a solution for her toothlessness.

tooth loss and anxiety and depression

Our Case-Of-The-Month for October is Toy When we originally saw Toy she couldn't chew her food properly and was embarrassed to smile. Her jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and wearing dentures. We did a full smile makeover to improve her confidence and quality of life which made her look years younger. Toy had previously worn dentures that did not suite her face structure, age and colour of her skin. The dentures were loose fitting as her jaw bone changed shape over the years due to the loss of bone. Initially we did bone grafting to replace missing bone and then we placed Dental Implants to replace her missing teeth. In order to place the implants, we had to do a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone available. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of 3-D scans in order to evaluate the situation ensuring optimal success. Every Dental Implant case is unique. Toy's case was a very complex one. By re-adjusting her bite, Toy is now able to chew properly and smile more confidently. Dr Huson skillfully implemented the completion of the total procedure which included Toy wearing temporary crowns in order to assess the look and feel of her teeth first. Once Toy was totally satisfied with her new look the final crowns were placed. 

Toy looked many years younger just by adding dental implants. You might ask how is this possible?

Missing teeth will result to sunken cheeks, which can make you look years older than your actual age. While you can’t necessarily see it, when you have gaps in between your teeth as a result of extraction, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

As a result, your cheeks will sag, and creases will form on your face. Dentures may fill in the gaps in your teeth, but they don’t actually address your shrinking jawbone. The only way to arrest the movement is through dental implants.Dr Huson has placed in excess 1500 Dental Implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality. Dental Implants are an ideal, long term solution to replacing missing or damaged teeth. Unlike dentures you will be able to chew and bite your food with ease. The procedure can last a lifetime and there is no need for their removal in order to have your teeth cleaned. Call us to book your appointment today on 031 202 6584 

Click here to learn more about dental implants and how it can improve your oral health: https://www.silveroaksdentalclinic.co.za/index.php/dental-treatments/dental-implants