It may seem like it’s not a big deal not to restore a missing tooth. But the truth is, missing a tooth is not just a cosmetic issue, it can lead to some serious dental health concerns. Notwithstanding the cause of the missing tooth, you should seriously consider replacing/restoring the tooth. The treatment is not cheap and that’s probably the top main reason people choose to ignore it. Before you make that decision purely based on the cost only, let’s learn a few hidden consequences here and then, you can decide if you can really afford not to do the treatment.
Teeth help to stimulate and support the bone of the jaw. When a tooth is lost, the lack of stimulation will eventually cause the loss of the jaw bone. In just the first year of tooth loss, there is a 25% decrease in bone width, and approximately an overall of 4 millimeters decrease in height over the next few years. As the jaw bone resorbs, the face structure will be affected as well. Face may look sunken and aged.
Teeth next to the missing tooth may start to shift, and this shifting create more space for other teeth to shift and so on. This dramatic shifting will have an impact on the entire bite. And improper bite can lead to problems like headaches, muscle pain, sensitivity, TMJD and etc. Additionally, it may affect your ability to chew adequately which can cause digestion issues.
Lastly, missing tooth can affect your speech as well. You may experience slurring, whistling or even spitting when speaking.
As you can see, a missing tooth is not just a cosmetic issue. The domino effect of a missing tooth is serious. From the way you look, eat, digest and even how you speak, the list goes on.
WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS:
Bridges. Anchored to your adjacent teeth, these can be removable or fixed, depending on your mouth, your dentist’s recommendation and your needs.
Dentures. An option if you’ve lost all or most of your teeth.
Implants. Most similar to a natural tooth.
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