As a kid, missing a tooth meant a visit from the tooth fairy and a trip to ice cream parlor, but as an adult, it’s not at all magical. It can cause discomfort and even embarrassment to carry a gap in your teeth. Keeping aside the fact it lacks elegance, a missing tooth can be harmful to your dental health.
Options for replacing missing teeth are available in abundance. They, of course, come with their pros and cons like any other option. The most common options for replacing the missing teeth are implants, bridges and crowns or dentures. Sometimes you can use the combination of two of these, dentures supported by implants or a bridge that is supported by implants.
As the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, so avoid getting into situations that will lead you to lose a tooth in the first place. If you do however lose one, here are 4 reasons why you should replace your missing teeth:
- Teeth may shift and loosen
Think of your teeth as a stack of books neatly arranged in a row on a bookshelf, now imagine picking one book out. The whole arrangement is disturbed causing the books to fall and shift, the same happens to your teeth when you lose one, you risk the possibility of teeth shifting. They can also drift out of place, leading to a change in your bite, potential gum disease, and possible tooth decay.
- Your face could change
As per Dental Associations, a loss of a back tooth can cause a shift in your mouth, that can potentially make your face look older. Every aspect of your face is intertwined and loss of even one tooth can cause your bone to deteriorate and muscles to droop over time. A tooth replacement ensures your mouth stays healthy and your face doesn’t change dramatically.
- It may affect your mental health
Missing a tooth can affect your speech patterns, which can lead to a loss in self-confidence and affect your mental health. Tooth replacement may take some time getting used to, but this is temporary and far better than the constant discomfort of a gap in your teeth.
- TMJ disorder
Muscles that help you chew and rotate your jaw are called temporomandibular joints, or TMJ. Minor or any changes to these muscles and the system they are connected to can manifest a lot of physical pain. Loss of tooth and failure to replace it can lead to TMJ disorder.
With advanced Dental technology, replacing a tooth will be a smooth procedure. The loss of a tooth is not always preventable, such as in cases of trauma or when a tooth is congenitally missing. But no matter what the cause, it is necessary to understand the effects of missing teeth. Consult a dentist immediately in such cases, we strongly advise you to not neglect your dental health and maintain your beautiful smile!