Missing Teeth and Hidden Risks

A missing tooth reflects your facial appearance very quickly. It’s not only a cosmetic problem. Losing a tooth is a big loss.

Tooth loss is often caused by tooth decay or trauma. Although it can be corrected with restorative options like dental implants, bridges and dentures, a large number of people forego treatment and simply live with the loss. Missing teeth can lead to a multitude of health issues.

Every tooth performs a specific task in the eating process. For example, the incisors are for biting, while the molars and pre-molars have been designed to grind food. Missing teeth can lead to only being able to consume foods that are easy-to-chew. The change in diet and inability to eat certain foods can lead to digestive problems and other health issues.

The teeth play an important role in maintaining gum health and stimulating the bone in your jaws and once a tooth is lost, the missing tooth roots can lead to bone loss if left untreated. The gaps created by missing teeth also tends to change the shape of your mouth and encourage neighbouring teeth to move out of their usual position.

Perfectly arranged teeth can become crooked due to a missing tooth. Since every tooth occupies its own space, a missing tooth leaves space that forces the remaining teeth to try and fill the void. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift to and bend towards the gap. crooked teeth can also create areas that a toothbrush or floss cannot reach. Food particles will become plaque and spread in these areas, developing into an infection.

People who avoid smiling or lack self-confidence in their smile due to crooked/missing teeth will benefit from seeking professional treatment. Missing teeth can also lead to a lack of functions. For example, incisors are responsible for voice production. If a patient happens to lose any of these teeth, problems in word pronunciation will occur which could, in turn, ruin self-confidence.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Sunrise Blvd Dental, call (954) 475-8100. Our dental office is located in 8320 W. Sunrise Blvd, Suite 110, Plantation, FL 33322.

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