5 Reasons To Replace Missing Teeth
Although not ideal, it is common to need a tooth extracted or to have a tooth fall out due to severe decay, gum disease, trauma to the mouth, and effects following intense medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Many patients question if their missing teeth need to be replaced, especially when a rear molar needs to be removed. Patients often think they can postpone or permanently delay choosing a tooth replacement and leave the space empty because it is not visible. At Aesthetic Smile Design, we always recommend replacing a tooth no matter where it is in your mouth.
Important Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
Replacing missing teeth is vital to your oral and overall health. Here are 5 reasons why:
- Teeth can shift out of place. Teeth love empty spaces and will immediately move to fill that space. When teeth shift out of place, it can cause bite issues and overcrowding concerns.
- Surrounding teeth may become damaged. All of the teeth work together as a unit, and when one is missing, it disrupts the job of the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth exert more pressure when chewing food. Over time, this can lead to worn and cracked teeth. Eating can also become more complicated, and you may begin to avoid food favorites.
It can lead to bone loss. When a tooth is missing, the jawbone is not receiving the
- stimulation it needs to stay healthy. This will cause the jawbone to deteriorate. When this begins, you may notice your facial shape change.
- It can affect your mental health. Dealing with a missing tooth is not ideal. It can cause patients to avoid favorite foods, smiling, and speaking closely with people. It can also lead to speech concerns. All of these reasons can affect a person’s self-esteem.
It can lead to issues with TMD/TMJ. As mentioned above, your bite can change when a tooth is missing. A change in bite or the way you chew your food can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder. You may be experiencing this if you feel discomfort in your jaw or facial muscles.
If you are in need of a tooth replacement and would like more information about which treatment plan is best for you, please contact our office located in Wayne, NJ. We look forward to helping you with your dental needs soon.