There are more than a couple hundred million adults who are missing at least one tooth, and these numbers are expected to rise in the coming years. Tooth loss can be caused by various reasons including injury, poor oral hygiene, and genetic illnesses. If you have lost a tooth, it is important to have it replaced. Aside from aesthetics, a missing tooth can negatively affect your health. Weston Dental Office covers the importance of replacing missing teeth in detail below.
Changes to Facial Aesthetics
Tooth roots are essential for the development of healthy bones. Chewing helps to stimulate the structure of your teeth roots, which then stimulates the bones. Losing a tooth means that the bone under it is not getting stimulated. When this happens, the bone starts to resorb. When facial bones deteriorate, they can cause sunken in areas along the face. The jawbone also starts to lose its functionality as it is no longer able to support other teeth.
Tooth Decay Resulting From Missing Teeth
If your teeth shift, it can become difficult to clean all areas of your mouth correctly. Extra space in your mouth also gives bacteria and germs more places to grow. When there are more germs in the mouth that are not cleaned away, it can lead to cavities and tooth decay of healthy teeth. If left untreated, this can develop into periodontal disease, which will result in even more tooth loss.
Potential Digestive Issues
Your digestive system is a complex function that starts with your mouth. Losing teeth can alter the way you chew, which in turn can change the way your body digests food. Not chewing enough or only chewing on one side of the mouth can lead to acid reflux, choking, or any number of digestive complications. There are many foods you simply will not be able to eat without replacing your missing tooth first.
Shifting Problems Caused By Missing Teeth
Your mouth is created to house 28 teeth. If one is missing, the rest will move to fill in the gap. This can cause all of your teeth to move out of alignment, which will result in biting issues. Your upper and lower teeth are intended to meet in a certain way. When this doesn’t happen, it can damage the jaw joint. Missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to erupt, which will make them extra sensitive to sweets and extreme temperatures.
Changes in Speech Patterns
Your teeth play a big role in communication. You need your teeth to form words and make certain sounds. Some teeth are essential in forming certain letters, and without them, your speech may sound slurred.
How Weston Dental Office Can Help
Losing teeth is never easy, but with the right dentist, they can be replaced. The longer you go without replacing a missing tooth, the more bone loss you will experience over time. In many cases, it will be impossible to replace if there is no bone mass to support it. Our skilled and experienced Toronto dentist is concerned about your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. If you are missing a tooth and are interested in replacement, give us a call at (416) 247-1928 today.