Missing teeth come with a slew of problems for the patient and they go beyond the obvious. Symptoms like pain while chewing and imperfect speech are fairly common, but the most debilitating ailments are often psychological in nature. Discover these mental problems associated with missing teeth and see how they can take a toll on your life.
Jane and Eric were like a couple out of a rom com – after meeting in high school, their search for the perfect mate was over. Growing up near Wayne, PA, Jane and Eric explored every part of the city they love. It wasn’t long before their escapades resulted in a pregnancy. Jane suffered some pregnancy gingivitis during her pregnancy but was fine otherwise, and at age 18, she gave birth to her first child.
When Jane got pregnant a second time, she spoke with Eric and they decided to get married afterward. Her pregnancy gingivitis was worse during this second pregnancy and resulted in Jane losing one of her front bottom teeth. While she was ecstatic at the idea of their wedding and new child, Jane was no longer happy with her smile. Although Eric loved her like always, Jane insisted on postponing her wedding due to her broken smile.
Sitting and taking a deep breath to escape the tedium of his office job, Tim thought to himself, “how long have I been senior account manager here?” Time after time, he envisioned what he’d say when the opportunity arose. He’d talk about all of the reasons he deserves a promotion and all of the value he’ll bring to the company once he’s the district manager.
Ironically, it was at an office function that Tim sustained his injury. Tim wasn’t a fan of flag football, but he went to play in his company game anyway. Finding himself wide open during a particular play, Tim caught the ball and was unexpectedly shoved from behind. While Tim doesn’t remember much else about the fall, he does remember his jaw crashing to the ground and a single tooth shooting out from the front of his mouth.
Tim thought his missing tooth wouldn’t bother him – it wasn’t in the front of his mouth and it didn’t really even impact his eating. But somehow it did. By simply knowing he had the empty socket in his mouth, Tim somehow felt like he was less of a man than he was before. Tim saw his boss walking nearby but sank deeper into his chair – with his decreased self-esteem from the missing tooth, Tim’s dream of a promotion seemed further away than ever.
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