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Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Teeth can come loose and eventually be lost due to a number of causes, including decay, gum disease, injury, or advanced wear over time. While a missing tooth may initially only seem like an aesthetic concern, there are a number of hidden problems that can occur over time if the missing tooth isn’t replaced.

  • The remaining teeth begin to shift. If a lost tooth is not replaced, this can cause the adjacent teeth to move into the space since there isn’t support to keep them in position.
  • Bone starts to be resorbed. When a tooth is missing, there is no longer a root to stimulate the jawbone. This leads to bone recession and a decrease in bone mass.
  • Gum tissue gradually recedes. As the bone deteriorates, the gum tissue will also begin to recede since there isn’t a structure for support.
  • The lower portion of the face may change in shape. This is caused by missing or slowly deteriorating oral structures that previously contributed to the full cheek appearance.
  • The face may look prematurely aged. Between tooth loss and the teeth gradually wearing down, the distance between the nose and chin may begin to decrease leading to wrinkles and an older facial appearance.

Since a variety of issues can present themselves when a tooth is not replaced, Dr. Andrew Skasko offers multiple treatment options for patients to choose from—from bridges and conventional dentures to dental implants and implant-supported dentures. Dr. Skasko will meet with you to perform an oral examination and discuss what you hope to achieve with your tooth replacement. In many cases, dental implant-based solutions are recommended if the patient proves to be a good candidate. This is because implants are the most lifelike replacement for a missing tooth and are the only solution that can help prevent bone resorption.

For more information about the tooth replacement options available at Elite Dental, please contact us to schedule your appointment with Dr. Skasko.

Experience the Elite Dental Approach to Minimally Invasive Smile Correction

The Elite Dental team is amazing! They genuinely care about not just having a pretty smile, but making sure you’re smiling throughout the process! Dr. Skasko is talented, detail orientated, and the ultimate perfectionist when it comes to making sure your results exceed expectations!

– Brittany J.

A more youthful smile to match a beautiful person inside and out.

“I LOVE MY SMILE! My confidence has been elevated to a new level.”

“Dr. Skasko is an artist as well as an extremely talented dentist. He is the first one that understood what I wanted and delivered it in a way that I could have never imagined. I LOVE MY SMILE! My confidence has been elevated to a new level.”

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“Being a diabetic, my health is of primary concern. The team at Elite Dental helped me to understand how my dental health was negatively impacting the control of my diabetes. I never believed there was anything that could be done with my teeth and found myself always worried about what I was going to eat. I now know what it’s like to enjoy food again and my mouth is healthy and free of issues thanks to Dr. Skasko and the Elite Dental Team”

Life changing transformation for a remarkable woman

Dr. Andrew Skasko and the Elite Dental Team are piloting the complete health national movement to make Ohio one of the healthiest states in the nation. This total body approach utilizes synergies between the dental and medical professions to optimize patients’ overall health.

“Our team at Elite Dental in New Albany is honored to be at the forefront of this exciting work. We have assembled a highly advanced team of dentists and physicians who truly alter today’s standards of healthcare delivery,” Dr. Skasko says.

Connie states

“I have experienced a lot of health problems, being diabetic for 30 years, kidney failure, and then kidney and pancreas transplants. I was blessed with the ability to overcome my health issues and I did not want to ruin that by having poor dental health. I am a person that smiles a lot, but I would look at pictures of myself and my teeth looked awful.”

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Today I feel better because I am not constantly fighting infection in my mouth and smile even more! When I look at pictures now I don’t think “oh my, my smile looks horrible” instead I think “wow, look at that smile and those pretty teeth!”

Exquisite smile to match an electric personality!

Robin was referred to our team by her daughter, who also experienced the difference of Complete Health Team-Based Dentistry. She was surprised when the diagnosis led to the need for a referral to an orthodontist.

“I was ok with knowing I was going to repair all of the problem teeth in my mouth, I just wasn’t sure about the braces as an adult.”

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Two months after beginning braces, Robin stated:

“Now I know why you recommended this plan Dr. Skasko. I suffered from frequent migraines and I haven’t had one since I chose to listen to your advice. Not only am I now pain free, I am so confident in my smile and able to chew better than ever. Thank you for not only changing my smile and bite, but changing my life.”

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