A person can lose teeth due to many reasons. Decay, trauma, injury, loosening of the teeth, gum disease, etc are the major factors contributing to tooth loss. When a single tooth is lost, no one thinks of the consequences. But it can lead to loss of other teeth as well if it is not replaced timely.
Reduced chewing capacity: A single missing tooth can reduce your chewing ability. Also, when you chew, the bone under your teeth gets stimulated. When this stimulation is lost, there is shrinkage of the bone as well as supporting muscles. When bone under one tooth shrinks it also affects the overlying gums. This again manifests as shrinkage affecting the support system of the adjacent teeth too.
Change facial appearance: Reduction of bone affects the appearance of the face. When bone shrinks, the skin over it becomes loose and the formation of wrinkles at the corners of lips begins to occur. The greater the number of teeth missing, the greater the bone loss and the greater its impact on your appearance.
Spacing in teeth: The fact that a common man doesn’t notice, is that teeth have some innate potential of movement in them. When space is left behind by a missing tooth, then the adjacent teeth start tilting towards the space to cover it. This movement is not noticed until it progresses to the development of visible spaces between related teeth causing food accumulation. When there is no stop to the tooth opposite of the missing space, then it starts growing and moving downwards making it weaker.
Food buildup: Nextly, as the food starts accumulating in the spaces created by the movement of the teeth and missing space it becomes less amenable to routine brushing. Food accumulation means greater bulk of the bacteria to attack and cause cavities and gum diseases in the mouth leading to bad odor.
Nutritional deficiency: Development of space and missing teeth leads to difficulty in eating all types of food. It may lead to reduced consumption of the necessary nutrients and affect overall health.
The mouth is the gateway of the body. When your oral system is disabled, your body follows suit. To avoid all such concerns, replacing a missing tooth as early as possible is advised. One missing teeth can pave a way to other teeth being decayed, loosened and eventually lost.
When you visit our dentists at Top Notch Dental clinic, we will advise you on the best options for your missing teeth. We will examine your oral health and general health before doing the treatment best suited for your teeth and health.
Some of the treatment options to replace a missing tooth are:
Dental implants: the most popular and significant treatment option for replacing missing teeth. It is suited for all age groups ranging from a single tooth implant to a complete prosthesis.
Fixed partial dentures: it can replace single or multiple teeth and often viable for many years. It takes support from the adjacent teeth.
Dentures: When few or all teeth are missing in the mouth of an individual, removable dentures can also be used to replace them.
Visit Top Notch Dental clinic to get the best advice and treatment for your missing teeth from our efficient dentists.