When it comes to tooth loss, we often see patients who are only concerned about cosmetics, or the appearance of their teeth. While we understand that appearance is important, patients are often unaware of the severe oral health complications that can occur due to missing teeth. This is why we are adamant that patients replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Failure to replace missing teeth can lead to serious oral health complications. We want to share three of the most common reasons to replace missing teeth:
Your teeth are constantly moving and putting pressure on the surrounding teeth. This is one of the reasons people who wear braces experience setbacks and need to receive orthodontic treatment for the second time. When all of your teeth are in the proper position, it is difficult for them to move too much. However, when one tooth is missing, it can cause all of the surrounding teeth to move and shift. This can lead to problems such as overcrowding and crooked teeth. Tooth decay may start to develop because it can be difficult to brush properly due to tight spaces, or food may become trapped when there is a gap between teeth.
Your gums and jawbone are what hold your teeth in place. Your teeth provide the stimulation necessary for your gums and jawbone to remain healthy and restore damaged cells. When you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, there is no stimulation, which leads to the breakdown of the gums and jawbone. This is what can make your face appear sunken in.
As you read above, missing teeth can lead to major problems with your gums. Another problem that some patients experience is a gum infection. When a tooth is missing and there is an empty dental socket, it can be easy for food and bacteria to become trapped. This will eventually lead to an infection of the gums. An untreated infection can also make its way into the bloodstream, affecting your overall health.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are interested in learning more about the tooth replacement options we offer, be sure to contact our office located in Montgomery, AL to schedule an appointment. We are happy to evaluate your oral health and make a recommendation that is best for your needs.