Apart from the obvious, esthetic problems that come from missing teeth, there are serious concerns over time about loss of bone and changing teeth that can affect your health. Most People are actually humiliated by missing teeth without understanding that their self-esteem or self-confidence may be more at stake.
Every tooth holds one place and prevents the other teeth from moving over. When a tooth is missing, the other teeth have plenty of space to move and develop into the spot. It can result in changes in your grip, and chewing difficulty.
Not only is it painful and inconvenient, but it’s even difficult to take care of your teeth as they shift. The hard to reach places you have to fight for brush and floss can be much more difficult to get to once your teeth start to shift.
Wear Down of Remaining Teeth
If one tooth is missing, the remaining teeth must do their own work, plus take on the missing tooth’s job. That may mean wearing down the teeth that are left faster than normal. As they erode prematurely, they themselves are at a higher risk of breaking, chipping or falling out.
Each dent has a root implanted in the jaw bone. The root does more than secure the tooth in place; it also serves to promote the development of the jaw bone. Once the root has gone out of the jaw, the bone can die over time, causing the whole jaw to shift.
These can alter the facial expression or the smile. Fortunately, at Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, Tennessee, your dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone to stimulate growth much like a natural tooth would.
Concerned About Missing Teeth?
If you have missing teeth and are concerned about the long-term effects, call Drs. Wells and Pickup at Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons to schedule an appointment today. A periodontist can examine your teeth, gums and jaw to determine the best way to replace your missing teeth.