How Periodontal Disease Causes Tooth Loss

Tooth Loss Affects Your Whole Life

Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons. Anything from disease, injury, birth defect, to decay can result in teeth being lost or removed. 

Things that may occur as a result of tooth loss include:

  • Change in Diet
  • Difficulty with Speech
  • Bone Loss in the Jaw
  • Misalignment of the Teeth
  • Changing Facial Appearance

The Effects of Bone and Tooth Loss in Glen Ellyn, IL

Severe periodontal disease can often result in tooth and bone loss. This happens because the underlying support structures become damaged and are no longer able to hold the teeth in place. While periodontal disease directly causes bone loss, additional loss occurs once the teeth are no longer present. Over time, the jaw bone will begin to deteriorate due to a lack of stimulation from the tooth roots. Patients of Dr. John Borello who experience tooth loss in Glen Ellyn, IL may be affected in the following ways:

  • Eating difficulties
  • Speech problems
  • Facial deterioration
  • Head, Jaw, and neck pain

Eating Difficulties

Biting and chewing certain foods can be difficult when a tooth is lost. When multiple tooth loss and bone loss occurs, it can be almost impossible. This leads many patients to change their diet to include softer foods that require little to no chewing. The problem is that this type of diet may not satisfy the nutritional needs of the body. As a result, issues such as indigestion, malnutrition, and weight loss can develop. 

Speech Problems

When one or more teeth are lost, it can be difficult or even impossible to make certain letter sounds. In fact, many patients develop a lisp because of a lack of tongue to tooth contact. Further problems can develop when the tongue begins to expand in order to fill the empty space. A larger, thicker tongue is much more difficult to control.

Facial Deterioration

The teeth play an important role in maintaining the structure of the face. When multiple tooth and bone loss occurs, the lips and cheeks can begin to sink inward to fill the empty space. In some cases, the nose will also shift downward to further alter the facial structure.

Head, Jaw, and Neck Pain

When even a single tooth is lost, the remaining teeth will begin to move and shift in order to fill the newly empty space. Misalignment can alter the jaw movement and cause tension in the face muscles which results in face, head, neck, and jaw pain over time.
With proper care and education, we can help you prevent the loss of your teeth. To learn more about the effects of tooth loss in Glen Ellyn, IL, contact Dr. Borello today!

Our Doctor

Dr. Borello is a licensed periodontist with over three decades of experience. Which means, unlike regular dentists, he has specialized expertise necessary to keep your gums healthy, preventing many dental problems before they happen. So you go to the dentist less.

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Dr. John Borello
Glen Ellyn Location
45 South Park Blvd, Suite #222
Glen Ellyn, IL


Current Patients: (630)469-6609
New Patients: (630) 300-3534