If you have lost an adult tooth that is farther back in your mouth you may think that it doesn’t need to be replaced since no one can see it. However not replacing a tooth can result in long-term issues. Having your tooth replace isn’t as hard of a process as you may think.
Consequences of not replacing a tooth
A missing tooth can lead to long-term issues not only inside your mouth but also on the outside. Over time the teeth surrounding the missing tooth area will start to shift towards each other because they will attempt to fill up the gap. This will lead to a condition that is called malocclusion, which is where your teeth are not properly aligned.
Malocclusion can lead to serious problems such as an overbite, crossbite, and strain on your jaw. It can even lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. If it does become serious the treatment would require braces or surgery. This will probably end up being much more expensive than having one tooth replaced.
This can be subconscious, but often when you are missing a tooth it can lead to chewing differently. If you don’t chew your food properly it can lead to digestive problems. While losing a back molar may seem like one that can be lost, you should remember that these teeth are used for chewing your food.
Maybe one of the worst issues can happen from tooth loss is bone loss. This can lead to your mouth sagging. The bone no longer will have the support of the tooth. Sagging jaw and faces are often seen in people who wear dentures. While it can be unavoidable, you can take steps to prevent it from happening early on.
Unfortunately, many people act differently or are embarrassed if they have missing teeth and if you lose one when you are younger you could live without it for decades. That is why taking care of replacing these teeth is important! Dental technology has advanced to the point where we can help you be more comfortable and fix almost any issue that may happen to your teeth.
Replacing teeth has become much easier than it was in the past, and it can now be done with implants. This consists of a titanium post that is implanted into your gum and bone and then a crown is placed on top of this post. The process of getting a tooth replaced usually takes a few months since the work will be spread out over a few months. Once it is all done it will look like you never lost a tooth. It even feels like a real tooth! Talk to your dentist if you have lost a tooth and they can go through the options for replacing your missing tooth.