What happens when a missing tooth is not replaced?
Tooth loss is not uncommon. It tends to become more common after middle age.
It is very common for the people to get the troublesome tooth extracted and not getting it replaced with an artificial one.
In a short term a missing tooth may be a concern for someone who really suffered dental pain.
Replacing missing teeth is an important part of restoring your confidence in your smile, and it is also key to maintaining dental health and a fully functioning bite.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T REPLACE A MISSING TOOTH?
Everyone needs a full set of teeth for good oral health. This is why, when necessary, dentists will encourage you to get recommended treatment such as dental fillings or crowns to repair problems and prevent tooth loss. Having said that, sometimes an extraction is the only option. In these cases, replacing the tooth will prevent painful and costly problems down the road. If you choose to leave an empty space, you put yourself at risk for the following:
Your other teeth will start to move and shift. This leads to bite alignment issues, uneven wear from chewing, and TMJ problems. The remaining teeth also become more susceptible to gum problems and cavities.
After a tooth is extracted, your body begins to “reabsorb” the jawbone that once surrounded the root. As your jawbone deteriorates, you’ll start seeing changes in your facial structure and appearance.
A gap in your smile can lead to less self-confidence and a lower self-image.
Depending on the location of your missing tooth, you may find it harder to eat comfortably or speak clearly.