Tooth loss can be devastating to self-confidence. A beautiful smile is one of the first things that others notice about us. Appearance, however, is only half of the story.


Tooth function has far greater importance and health implications than we realize. Teeth are necessary for proper chewing, but did you realize that losing your teeth could affect your speech, nutrition, or the shape of your face? When gum disease symptoms progress from bleeding gums to loss of tooth and bone, Dr. Loyd Dowd, the dentist in Tyler, TX, can utilize treatments from laser gum surgery to implant dentistry to improve your overall health and appearance.


One of the most noticeable effects of tooth loss is the change in speech. Tooth to tongue contact is integral to the formation of words and without it, slurring and lisps can result. Also, without teeth to act as a confining barrier, the tongue will spread and thicken to fill the space, making it more difficult for you to communicate with others.


Function is seriously affected by gum disease symptoms. From abscesses to loose or shifting teeth, proper chewing is certainly not easy before the teeth are lost and nearly impossible without them. After your teeth are lost, you will be unable to chew certain foods, like apples and hard breads, and may need to restrict yourself to a soft food only diet. This can result in a nutritional deficiency, weight loss, or constipation. Even the loss of just one tooth can result in bite changes as the remaining teeth move to occupy the area left by missing teeth.

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Bone loss is one of the gum disease symptoms that has a far-reaching negative impact on overall appearance and health. When your teeth are lost or removed, the bone in your jaw begins to deteriorate and will eventually compromise the integrity of your jaw, as well as your facial structure. You will be unable to wear dentures or receive dental implants without the intervention of a professional dentist. Dr. Dowd performs bone grafting combined with dental implants to restore and halt the advancement of these progressive gum disease symptoms.

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