Missing teeth is something that can be addressed easily early on but it is often ignored until it leads to major dental issues. It easy to put off tooth replacement when a missing tooth is in the back of your mouth and doesn’t affect your smile.
However, there are several options for replacement teeth and numerous reasons why it’s a good idea to a see a dentist sooner rather than later.
A missing tooth is not a major cause for concern initially, but there are problems that can arise over time.
Teeth are held in the mouth by the gums but it is the surrounding teeth that provide crucial support. When a tooth is missing, support from the surrounding teeth is severely compromised. This lack of support will cause the remaining teeth to become misaligned as they drift to fill the space of the missing tooth.
Problems With Digestion
Human teeth are perfectly set up for biting, tearing, and grinding food down in the first step of the very important digestive process. Depending on what tooth is missing, eating can become a chore and even cause problems with digestion. This is especially true for molars and teeth that are responsible for breaking food down effectively.
The mouth and the smile are heavily shaped by the teeth. Teeth help to support the jaw bone and once the support is weakened by missing teeth, the jawline tends to sag.
Periodontal Disease and Tooth Decay
The exposed gum from a missing tooth is susceptible to bacterial infections and this can easily spread to surrounding gum and teeth.
Quality Tooth Replacement Solutions
At London Dental Group, we provide specialize in implant dentistry and cosmetic dentistry in Boca Raton. We provide several tooth replacement options including: