Tooth loss is an oral handicap. Missing teeth is disfiguring, disturbing and lowers one’s self esteem and self confidence.People having missing anterior teeth , discoloured teeth or presence of spacing/crowding in the front teeth, are generally unwilling to speak or smile confidently due to fear of embarrassment.Missing teeth causes loss of chewing function and inability to eat a complete fulfilling diet.
Health is incomplete if it does not include oral health, oral infection can have an adverse effect on other organs of the body. Oral cavity is a indicative of effects of systemic disorders such as Diabetes, AIDS, Sjogren’s syndrome, as well as complications or side effects of treatments like Cancer, Chemotherapy and Radiation. Several recent studies have demonstrated a relationship between Periodontal (Dental) disease and Infective Endocarditis, Coronary Artery Disease, stroke, Diabetes and Respiratory Tract diseases.
Oral health & General health are inextricably bound. There are various effects of oral conditions on systemic health other than those described above like pregnancy complications, obesity, Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoporosis (bone disorders).
The stomatognathic system is an important organ system of the human body with vital functions such as mastication, appearance, speech and respiration. Due to loss of teeth the jaws supporting the teeth in coordination with other structures of stomatognathic system are handicapped. Ingestion, mastication, deglutition and nutrition is the chain that acts as the basis to the human existence and because of loss of teeth this chain is broken which leads to systemic problems.Complete loss of teeth (Edentulous) is a major dental disease leading to bone loss, making face look prematurely aged.
DR. P. VENKAT RATNA NAG M.D.S.
Chief, The Dental Specialists,
Fellow & Diplomate International Congress of Oral Implantologists (USA)
Director, School of Dental implants
Chief Consultant Prosthodontist Challa Hospitals, Mahavir Hospital Research institute,