Why Replace Missing Teeth
While the purpose of this web site isn’t to scare you, it is important that you understand the very serious consequences of not replacing missing teeth — whether you’re missing just one tooth or several.
When a tooth is removed (or falls out) it leaves an empty space not just in your smile, but also in your gum. When pressure is applied to the remaining teeth (by chewing), they’ll start to push into the empty space left from the missing tooth. As you can imagine, this isn’t a good thing — the healthy teeth will start to fall at odd angles, which means that when further pressure is applied, they’ll start to take more and more sideways pressure — which will push on your gum and your bone and eventually can cause your healthy teeth to become detached. Needless to say, it won’t be pretty. Plus it will hurt.
In addition to tilting teeth and additional tooth loss, missing teeth will also impact your ability to chew normally, deteriorate your smile, and cause teeth on the opposite jaw to grow longer. Missing teeth also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Those are just the physical/medical reasons for replacing missing teeth. It doesn’t take a research study to prove (although there are several of them) that individuals who are unhappy with their teeth suffer both socially and psychologically.
Keeping your mouth shut won’t solve the problem. It isn’t just that you won’t be able to smile. Missing teeth — especially if they are in the front — will gradually begin to change the shape of your face. Your lips will appear sunken and asymmetrical. Furthermore,your speech will begin to sound different and some sounds may be altered.
There are a variety of different ways to replace missing teeth. Some options are better and more permanent than others. Whichever you choose, I strongly suggest you pick one of them. Failing to replace a missing tooth will result in long-term consequences which will be very unpleasant and potentially expensive.