May 29, 2018
Are you one of the almost 200 million Americans that are missing at least one tooth? It’s not just about confidence and comfort, but missing teeth can lead to serious oral health problems if left untreated. Most people lose teeth because of injury, gum disease, genetic issues or tooth decay, and some are even born without certain teeth.
If you have missing teeth and want to increase your comfort, self-esteem and oral health, consider the following reasons fast treatment is vital.
Each tooth holds a place in the mouth and works to keep the others in their own spot. Once one is missing, the others have freedom to shift and move the teeth out of alignment. You may have had a straight smile when you lost the tooth, but it can quickly become crooked if it’s not fixed.
Once your teeth are out of alignment, it’s harder to reach them to floss and brush. If bacteria and plaque are left on the teeth, they eat away at your teeth and gum disease often gets worse.
You could develop bite problems after losing one or more teeth. If the lower and upper jaw do not meet correctly, it puts additional pressure on the jaw joint, causing damage and strain, which can lead to TMJ.
Every tooth has a root that is secured in the jawbone, and once the root is missing, there is nothing left to stimulate the bone to grow. If that spot is left open for too long, the jawbone may begin to crumble. Replacing the teeth with dental implants ensures that a rod is placed in the jaw to mimic the original root, so your face doesn’t change shape and teeth don’t shift.