Loss of Function
Have you experienced a loss of chewing ability due to tooth loss, dental trauma, or other dental condition? Moderna Smile in Miami can help.
When teeth or jawbone issues lead to a loss of function, it can devastate both oral and general health, leading to complications with digestion, weight maintenance, and other issues.
he act of chewing not only helps to swallow foods more easily, but it also helps activate the enzymes in your saliva, which in turn kickstarts the digestive process. When a patient loses the ability to chew foods thoroughly, two seeming disparate conditions may result: weight gain and malnutrition. By losing the ability to thoroughly chew foods, the intestines absorb less nutrients. A person with loss of function often senses (correctly) that they are not receiving enough nutrients. Therefore, they will eat more and snack more often, leading to weight gain.
There are numerous dental conditions that can lead to loss of function, most common of which is tooth loss (edentulism), especially in the molar region. The molars have a prime role in chewing (mastication). Molars are usually the first teeth to be lost since molars receive the most wear and tear. Also, the location and deep grooves of molars make them difficult to clean, a fact that also contributes to tooth loss.
There are other conditions beyond tooth loss that can lead to a loss of function. These include:
- Collapsed bite (VDO loss)
- Misaligned bite (malocclusion)
- Resorption of jawbone
- Excessive tooth eruption
If you are suffering from tooth loss, jawbone resorption, periodontal disease, collapsed bite, or another condition that is affecting your speech or how you chew food, CG Smile is here to help. Through a comprehensive evaluation and consultation, we can review your oral health and make recommendations to restore the function and appearance of your teeth.