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Our teeth are important to us both for health and self confidence. They enable us to eat, but they also enable us to smile radiantly too. It is not surprising that many people who have lost a tooth report feelings of ‘grief’ at the time, and often for a long period afterward. If you have recently lost a tooth, or are likely to do so in the near future, you may be looking for tips for coping with tooth loss as best as possible.
Here are a few things that might help.
If you want to come to terms with the loss of a tooth, you first need to accept it. It is so easy to try and convince yourself and even the dentist that the tooth doesn’t need to come out, but if extraction has been recommended, it is for a very good reason. The sooner you come to terms with the fact that your tooth has or is about to come out, the sooner you can start processing your emotions and coming to terms with it. Your health is so much more important than an image. A while back I lost part of my front tooth to a cavity. I wasn’t feeling so pretty for a while and eventually had it built back up but in the grand scheme of things, missing a tooth isn’t a big deal except when it came to eating corn on the cob which was more of a pain than worrying about what other’s thought about how I looked. Priorities equals food over facial features. LOL
Count your blessings
This may be hard to do when you’re feeling so distressed about the loss of your tooth, but if you can find the headspace to think about all the good things you have in your life, then the loss of a tooth may not seem like the huge deal that you’ve been making it out to be. I mean, you may have lost a tooth, but if you have friends and family, a roof over your head, and food in your belly, you’re going pretty good, and chances are you have a lot more than that going for you!
Explore the options
Losing your tooth may be permanent, but you can get some pretty decent substitutes these days, whether in the form of dentures, dental implants, bridges, veneers, or whatever else your dentist may be able to recommend – technology changes so fast that it can be hard to keep up. That means that although losing a tooth may temporarily change your appearance, it doesn’t have to change it permanently, so really what are you grieving for?
Obviously, if your other teeth are at risk, you may want to step up your dental regime like seeing the dentist more, but otherwise, don’t sweat it because dental replacements have never been more affordable than they are right now.
Don’t keep looking in the mirror
One of the worst things you can do when grieving for the loss of a tooth is to keep staring in the mirror at it all the time. This will just serve to make you more distressed, and possibly even depressed about the situation you are in. Take a look if you must – and it might be a good idea to really check out the situation at least once because you might well find it’s not as bad as you think. Then leave it be and focus on building your new smile or coming to terms with your new one instead.
Tooth loss can be tough, but these are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. The number one important thing to consider if you have tooth loss is to see your dentist to make sure there is no underlying medical issues. If there are medical issues, be sure to get to your dentist or doctor as fast as possible to have this checked out and fixed.
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