Teeth are necessary not only for chewing function but for your overall oral health as well, including the health of your gums and jaw bone. When missing teeth are not replaced, several problems can occur.
Missing teeth should be replaced for many reasons. Remaining teeth can actually shift and drift into the open space, which can ultimately affect your bite. Tooth decay and periodontal disease may occur in new hard-to-reach places created by shifting teeth that are harboring harmful plaque and tartar. In addition, bone loss may occur in the supporting jaw bone making it more difficult to eat and chew food. Furthermore, your teeth try to compensate for the missing tooth causing the remaining teeth to elongate, move or protrude, which can eventually lead to additional tooth loss. Missing teeth can also contribute to a shrunken appearance of your face as your facial muscles relax from their proper position.
Missing teeth should be replaced for your overall oral health. You should seek professional advice from your dentist or contact us today to see if you are a candidate for dental implants or implant dentures.