WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO REPLACE MISSING TEETH?
Missing teeth is not merely a cosmetic concern but can severely influence your daily life. A tooth loss condition is really more serious than it is often perceived to be.
It can affect not only our oral health but also general health, appearance and self-esteem. Each tooth plays a vital role in the structure of the mouth and in relationship to the remaining teeth. The way our teeth are normally arranged, helps to facilitate effective chewing, biting and talking.
Teeth are lost or missing for several reasons such as trauma, decay, gum disease, or even genetics.
Tooth loss can negatively affect your social and professional life; it can lead to reduced self-confidence because of gaps in a person’s smile.
Missing teeth can affect the way you speak, depending on its location. The loss of one or more teeth can disturb the distribution of bite pressure onto other teeth resulting in decrease in chewing efficiency. Your remaining teeth will struggle to keep up the normal functions due to the imbalance in chewing forces which can lead to overcompensation by the surrounding teeth and can result in inordinate stress and wear.
When you lose a tooth or have a tooth extraction, the bone surrounding the tooth soon begins to weaken and the surrounding teeth begin to shift to fill in the space, leaving more spaces and gaps.
Also when a tooth is missing there is no contact with the opposing arch. This can cause opposing teeth to gradually extrude which leads to other problems, such as fractures, mobility or tooth loss. Tooth loss can also cause infections, affecting the gum tissues and the underlying bone. In advanced cases, it can also lead to progressive bone loss and receding gums.
Therefore, leaving the gap or space where a tooth once stood can be a source of embarrassment and can have serious consequences.
So it is very important to replace that missing tooth to prevent the other teeth from shifting. Also replacing the missing back teeth affect the overall bite and help ease some of the excessive pressure on the front teeth created by chewing.
If the tooth is not replaced soon, the loss of jawbone can cause other teeth to fall out, further detracting from a healthy smile.
There is more than one option for replacing missing teeth. The 3 most common options are replacing the missing teeth with implants, crowns and bridges or dentures. Sometimes a combination of two of these options can be used, such as a denture that is supported by implants, or a bridge that is supported by implants.
As importantly, they can also help teeth to even out the bite forces of the remaining teeth and protecting their existing teeth structure to last a long and healthy lifetime.
Not to mention that by saving one tooth, you are also helping keep the surrounding ones healthy as well.