What Happens If You Don’t Replace Missing Teeth?
When a front tooth is missing, it seems pretty obvious, for cosmetic reasons, to run to the dentist to replace it. But what about teeth that you can't see? Should we have the same reaction? When a back tooth is missing, most patients unfortunately do not have the urgency to replace it. It is easy to think, once healing is complete, that with the rest of our teeth, our oral health and the functioning of our jaw will not be impacted. But it is not that simple. Missing any of your teeth is something you will want to speak with a dentist about as soon as you can.
When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth move
The teeth in front of or around the missing tooth will start to move. Thus, the teeth bordering the hole will pour out, that is to say, lean into the space left empty. And the tooth located in front of the hole can regress, it goes like "pushing". All of these changes make brushing difficult. Bacteria build up and can cause cavities or inflammation of the gums.
The jaw is no longer functioning properly
When the teeth move, the functioning of the jaw is impacted. We don't clench our teeth in the same way anymore. The occlusion, that is to say the interlocking of the teeth, is disturbed. Some teeth will hit first and too hard. The jaw joint can then be a source of pain, cracking, clicking, tinnitus or even causing neck pain.
The jawbone can be impaired or lost
Teeth are implanted in bone and gum tissue. When a tooth is missing, the forces that normally apply to the bone at the location of the missing tooth will no longer be exerted and the bone will no longer be stimulated. Over time, the bone will "melt". The replacement of the missing tooth will then be complicated since it will be necessary to have recourse to a bone graft to have enough grip to place the implant.
Your face can get distorted
When back teeth disappear, the face can age prematurely. The mouth is positioned backwards with the tip of the nose approaching the chin. The face sags as in an elderly person.
To avoid these problems, the missing tooth or teeth should be replaced as soon as possible. Various treatments exist: bridges, implants, or removable prostheses-such as dentures. The important thing is to consider them as soon as possible.
It can be hard to lose one or more teeth. Replacing missing teeth is very important not only to ease your mind but also to maintain the health of your remaining teeth. Do not let your teeth suffer the consequences of the loss of one or more elements of the mechanism, these are serious and worsen over time. One link in the chain is missing, and others must take charge of its functions, even by weakening, overloading themselves, transforming themselves. Do not waste time, have missing teeth replaced so that you can maintain oral balance and your health, which go hand in hand.