It may feel perfectly okay not to replace missing teeth, especially if it is only one or two, somewhere at the back of your jaw. But what you do not realize is that your teeth are part of an extensive, intricate structure. Thus, not replacing missing teeth can be a substantial problem later on as it affects your mouth's overall health. Here are just some of the disadvantages of not replacing missing teeth.
Limits Your Diet
You need your complete set of teeth to be able to eat everything. A missing molar may make it harder to chew, while a missing front tooth will make it harder to bite through food. You will continuously struggle to get bits and pieces of food stuck in the empty tooth socket out. It can even make eating some of the foods you love quite painful as our gums are quite sensitive, and an empty socket has plenty of exposed gums.
Damage Surrounding Teeth
Your teeth support each other. Without support on one side, the surrounding teeth may start to loosen and run the risk of detaching from their socket when you eat something hard to chew. Put simply, you lose one tooth and you don't replace it, you will end up losing quite a few more.
Our teeth are embedded in our jawbone. In fact, they support the jawbone to a certain extent. Multiple missing teeth means insufficient support for your jawbone. Over time the jawbone will start to hang loosely, deteriorating the shape of your jaw and ruining the efficiency of your overall dental structure.
Even children start feeling a little self-conscious when they have missing teeth, even though they know theirs will grow back. But if you lose your permanent teeth as an adult, they won't grow back. That empty space in your mouth can ruin your self-confidence as it can cause speech issues and ruin the appearance of one's smile.
If you have missing teeth, visit Ranches Family Dental to learn about available replacement options.
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