What Happens If You Don't Replace a Missing Tooth

It's not uncommon for adults to have at least one missing tooth. Whether you need an extraction because of decay or an accident, a missing tooth can cause some trouble. 

More often than not, people postpone or even avoid looking for restorative options, especially if it's a back tooth and it doesn't affect their smile too much. But, every tooth counts and plays an important role in your oral health. 

So, here's what could happen if you are missing a tooth and why you need to replace it. 

Reasons to Replace Your Tooth

As we said, every tooth plays an important role in your mouth. Not only do they help with chewing and speaking, but they also provide support for each other. When one is missing, a lot can go wrong: 

  • Shifting Teeth - Your teeth exert pressure on the neighboring teeth. When one tooth is missing, the one next to it will automatically look for its antagonist and will start shifting. In time, that can lead to misalignment issues that can affect the appearance of your smile.
  • Increased Chance of Gum Disease - The empty socket of a missing tooth can make it easier for food particles to get stuck in there and turn into plaque. It can also make it easier for bacteria to sneak in and get into the bloodstream, leading to infections 
  • Bone Density Loss - The root of your teeth stimulates the jaw bone. When one or more teeth are missing, that area is not stimulated anymore, which can lead to bone density loss. In time, your facial features will be affected and your teeth will shift trying to cover the gap. That can lead to bite issues, which can, in turn, create other dental problems, such as a higher risk of decay and wear and tear. 

How to Replace a Missing Tooth

Fortunately, nowadays you have plenty of restorative options to replace a missing tooth. 

  • Dental Implants - Implants are perhaps the best way to replace a missing tooth as it mimics the function of a natural tooth. The metal post inserted into your jaw bone will act as a root and which helps prevent bone density loss. 
  • Dental Bridges - If you have one or several missing teeth, then a dental bridge could be the right option for you. The bridge is a false set of teeth held in place by the neighboring teeth. 
  • Partial Dentures - If you have three or more missing teeth, then your dentist may recommend partial dentures as a way to replace them. They will be fitted between the remaining teeth to provide the look and feel of a natural smile. 

We Can Help You Replace Your Missing Teeth 

If you have one or more missing teeth and are looking for restorative dentistry, you can find quality care at Evergreen Dental Co. 

All you have to do is call us or book your appointment online. 

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