Missing teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, create bone loss in your jaw, weaken or shift other teeth, and cause difficulties in chewing or speaking.
Restoring your dental structure improves your appearance and oral health and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting and eliminates the discomfort of a misaligned bite.
The choice is entirely yours, but your dentist will recommend you replace a missing tooth as soon as possible because the gap left by the lost tooth places a strain on your other teeth and your jaw. The teeth on either side of the gap shift out of position which can affect your ability to bite and chew and can even affect your speech. A missing tooth also impacts your facial structure resulting in sunken cheeks and an aged appearance.
Generally, your dentist will recommend one of three options depending on the location in your mouth, your oral health, and how many teeth are missing:
The majority of tooth loss is caused by tooth decay and gum disease, which is entirely preventable with a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental hygiene cleanings and check-ups.
If you participate in contact sports, ask your dentist about a customised sports guard to reduce the risk of injury to your mouth.
Consume a well-balanced diet and reduce your consumption of sugary foods.
Discuss all medical conditions and medications with your dentist to minimise the risk of tooth loss.Back to Treatments
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