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Should I Fix Missing Teeth?

It is safe to say that no one wants to lose their teeth. Well, no one wants to lose their permanent adult teeth. As children, we probably wanted to get money from the Tooth Fairy. A variety of things can cause you to lose a tooth: tooth decay, gum disease, dental trauma, etc. No matter the reason, you should consider your replacement options. 

While it is daunting to think of the many different types of replacements, replacing your teeth is essential. This is because the position and composition of your teeth work together to keep your entire mouth healthy. 

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Teeth Can Shift and Loosen

Without the support of all your other teeth, it is possible that the rest of your natural teeth can shift and loosen. One reason why your teeth remain at rest in your jaw is that the teeth work as a unit. So, when one tooth goes, the rest become vulnerable. You may need more orthodontic work in the future if you don’t replace your missing tooth soon enough. 

Issues with Chewing and Speaking

You may not realize it, but each of your teeth has an important role. Your incisors and canines are responsible for biting and slicing into your food. Additionally, your premolars and molars grind and chew your food. If one of these teeth is missing, the efficiency of your chewing is reduced. This means that it could become painful to chew, and you may risk chipping your teeth. When you lose a tooth, the rest of your teeth and jaws try to compensate. You can overcorrect without realizing it and chip a tooth. 

In addition, your tongue, jaws, and lips move together as you speak. When you talk, your tongue moves to certain positions in your mouth to make specific sounds. You can develop a speech impediment if you lose one or more teeth. 

Bone Deterioration

It seems like an unlikely side effect of missing teeth, but you have a higher chance of bone loss with missing teeth. This is because your jaw bones rely on all of your teeth for support and stimulation. Each time you chew or close your mouth, your jaw receives stimulation. This keeps your bone density from decreasing. However, you can lose up to 25% of your bone volume just within the first year. Therefore, it is extremely important to replace your missing teeth. 

Problems with Oral Health

When you lose a tooth, it can make it more challenging to clean your teeth properly. Unless you take extra special care of your teeth, you may be at a greater risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease. The space of your missing tooth can provide a window for bacteria to flourish in your gums, causing an infection. This is known as gum disease. Over time, your gums can become inflamed and irritated. Without treatment, the infection can spread across your gums or throughout your body.