When you have a missing tooth, you probably do everything that you can to keep from smiling or opening your mouth too big when you are talking. Your self-confidence and self-esteem take major hits. However, these aren't your only concerns when you are missing a tooth. In fact, you also have to deal with difficulty biting and chewing. In addition, there is strain on the teeth around that gap. If you have a missing tooth, here are a few reasons why you need to consider reaching out to a cosmetic dentistry specialist to explore your options for replacing it.
Increased Tooth Sensitivity
Since some of your teeth will be more exposed to plaque and bacteria due to the missing tooth or teeth, it only makes sense that they will also be more sensitive. As a result, you can expect more discomfort and pain.
Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
In addition to increased tooth sensitivity, your remaining teeth are also at an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. These remaining teeth are more vulnerable to the bacteria that your mouth is exposed to now that a gap is present. This makes brushing all the more important.
When you have one or two missing teeth, it can potentially lead to further loss of teeth. If you lose certain teeth, it can result in a bite that is misaligned. Your back teeth are necessary for a comfortable bite, in addition to adequate chewing. If you were to lose them, you are at an increased risk of a misaligned bite. This can lead to facial pain and headaches, as well as tooth wear.
Shifting of Other Teeth
With a gap in your mouth, the teeth around the gap could weaken and shift in order to make up for that additional space. Eventually, this will cause your smile to change. In addition, it could potentially impact your facial and dental structure.
Facial Sagging and Bone Loss
Speaking of your facial and dental structure, your teeth are an important part of your facial makeup. They help to create the shape of your face and enhance your overall bone structure. When a tooth is missing, it can result in the sagging of your face. It could also result in your jaw bone weakening and potential bone loss.
If you have a missing tooth or teeth, it is imperative that it is replaced as soon as possible. Schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist in your area to discuss what options are available to you.Share