Do you have missing teeth? Maybe you had a permanent tooth knocked out by accident while playing soccer with your friends or you’ve lost teeth to tooth decay and other poor oral health conditions. Whatever the reason, one thing is for certain: you need to have your missing teeth replaced as soon as possible in order to reduce the chances that the missing gaps will cause problems with your teeth and overall oral health. The following guide will take a closer look at why you need to have your missing teeth replaced as soon as possible.
Why Do We Lose Our Teeth?
You may be wondering: why do people lose their teeth, anyway? The most common culprit behind tooth loss is tooth decay and gum disease. Both tooth decay and gum disease can cause a tooth to require extraction in order to reduce further damage to the mouth. Another reason why people may need to replace missing teeth is sports as well as accidents.
What Happens When We Lose Teeth
If you have a missing tooth anywhere in your mouth, this can cause a range of problems. One of the most notable issues caused by missing teeth is a decrease in confidence, especially if the missing tooth was in the front of the mouth. If you have multiple missing teeth, this can even cause you to look older as your cheeks will take on a “sunken” appearance where the teeth are missing.
In addition to the aesthetic consequences, the consequences of a removed tooth include the chance for deterioration of jaw bone; when you repeatedly ‘chew” and cause surface damage to the space where your tooth used to be, you are causing gradual bone erosion and bone loss.
Another significant consequence is the potential for your teeth to begin shifting in order to fill in the gap. This will cause your teeth to be uneven and misaligned. This type of misalignment needs to be corrected as soon as possible, as it can cause a host of issues in your oral hygiene.
Replacing Missing Teeth
The most popular option for dealing with missing teeth is replacing them. Tooth replacements can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the personal factors and circumstances. Replacements include partial dentures and full dentures; bridges; dental implants; and more. You should consult with your dentist about which of the missing teeth options are ideal for your particular case, as certain people may benefit from certain types of fan works than others.
For the most part, replacements for missing teeth will last for years to come—as long as you take the time to properly care for them. If you aren’t sure how to care for your missing teeth treatment, make sure you consult with the instructional booklet—or barring that, the weather—regarding this issue.
Remember: if you have missing teeth, it’s time to take action as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that there will be negative consequences