If you have gaps in your smile, you are probably self-conscious. A smile is one of the first things people notice. In our society–perhaps unfairly–a healthy smile is associated with beauty, youth and success.
In addition to personal attractiveness, missing teeth negatively influence health and quality of life.
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The Teeth Surrounding The Missing Tooth
When a gap is left by a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth have a tendency to shift. This may cause the other teeth to become crooked. And new gaps may appear. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, tooth decay, and TMJ pain.
Difficulty Biting and Chewing
Missing teeth can impact the way you bite a chew. Teeth work together as a unit. Properly aligned teeth come together harmoniously when you bite and chew. When you eat and have an extracted tooth or teeth, more stress is placed on the surrounding teeth. You may not be able to chew properly which can impact your digestion. You may also avoid some of your favorite foods because they are problematic to chew.
Missing teeth, especially front teeth, can impact the way you speak. It may become hard to pronounce certain words. You may even develop a lisp. These speech problems may cause you to avoid social situations.
A tooth implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. One or more implants can provide a sturdy base for a crown, bridge, or denture.
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