If you’re missing a permanent tooth, you’re not alone. Approximately 120 million people in the US are missing at least one permanent tooth. Consequences of missing teeth can vary greatly based on the location of the tooth, the damage done to the area, and the individual. Missing teeth can impact your life in various ways, including your career, social life, and love life. Discover two cases that show how missing teeth can affect your dating life.
Now at age 51, Rex could sum up how he spent his youth in two words: Working and partying. Never one to follow the crowd, Rex spent his 20’s and 30’s going to concerts, clubs, bars, and parties. During the last part of his 30’s and his entire 40’s, Rex was making up for those years by putting long hours in at the office.
For the most part, Rex had straightened his act out and given up on the vices that used to consume his life. But the damage he’d caused to his teeth during those years by avoiding the dentist and skipping his brushing sessions had taken its toll. It was just before his 50th birthday that Rex lost his first two permanent teeth, right in the upper front part of his mouth.
Never more than now did Rex regret the two decades of his life he spent partying. Still single at 51, Rex had hoped he’d meet someone to settle down with. He remembered when he used to be so confident and vivacious, but now, he thought of his broken smile and his confidence washed away completely. To Rex’s dismay, whenever he saw women he wanted to talk to, all he could do was think of his broken smile and remain silent.
Few people immerse themselves in high school the way Jessica did. Currently a senior at Blue Mountain High School near Wayne, PA, Jessica was involved in everything: FCA, Honor Club, Volleyball, Basketball, and Spanish Club – but her favorite was cheerleading. It was during a particularly tense cheerleading practice her senior year that she fell and landed face first, resulting in a bruised forehead and a missing tooth, right in the front-bottom part of her mouth.
While Jessica continued doing all of the activities that made her who she was, something just wasn’t the same. Her missing tooth had made Jessica a little bit more afraid to smile. This seemingly tiny issue seeped into her daily experiences, making life less enjoyable. Whether at an FCA meeting or basketball practice, she went through the motions but simply didn’t feel like herself anymore thanks to her broken smile.
The one thing that Jessica never had time for was a boyfriend, and if Mark had his way, he was going to change that. Jessica’s self-esteem was so low, that she typically chose to sit alone at lunch now. Mark saw this as his opportunity and approached. After some small talk, he finally gathered the courage to ask her – but all Jessica could muster was, “I don’t think I’m going to prom – have fun though!” And with this, Jessica passed up on her dream night, all due to her empty socket and imperfect smile.
Many patients with missing teeth will tell you – the underlying mental symptoms can be far worse than the physical ones. People take great pride in their smiles and they are often a strong part of our identity. When an injury changes that smile in a noticeable way, it can cause a domino effect of problems related to the sufferer’s self-esteem. Those problems can manifest in your career, social life, or as in the cases of Jessica and Rex, your dating life.
No matter who you are or what you do, living with empty sockets is no fun. It can cause unexpected pain, difficulty, and mental issues to take their toll on your life. Any replacement method is better than none at all, and Dr. Jose David Sanchez is experienced in treatments like dental implants, which can completely restore your smile. Contact our dental practice in Tehachapi, CA to find out what our team can do for you.
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