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What Can Happen if You Don't Replace a Missing Tooth

February 27, 2021
Posted By: Dr Matthew Kinsella
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You might find that living with a missing tooth becomes challenging. Eating and chewing food may be more difficult with gaps between your teeth, and you might not feel like smiling when you meet other people.

Did you know that other important things are going on with your dental health when you lose a tooth that you might not be aware of? Here's what you should know about tooth loss.

Shifting Teeth Could Impact Your Bite

When there are gaps between teeth, they often begin to drift. This movement causes bite misalignment, which can impact your smile in several ways:

  1. A misaligned bite may cause problems with your jaw joint that can be painful.
  2. Teeth that are not aligned properly may get damaged during chewing due to being used in ways they were not designed for.
  3. When teeth don't align, it could increase your risk of developing problems like gum disease or tooth decay because they're harder to brush and floss properly.

Tooth Loss Can Equal Bone Loss

When you lose a tooth, you also lose a root. Without a root, your jawbone has nothing left to support, and it begins to dissolve and deteriorate slowly.

This may result in less support for your surrounding teeth. It might also change the appearance of your face over time. Less bone support can give facial structures a more sunken appearance.

How Dental Implants Can Restore Your Smile and Your Dental Health

When you choose dental implants in West Perth for tooth replacement, you're replacing your tooth and root.

An oral surgeon places the implant into your jawbone, where it integrates and fuses with your bone through a process called osseointegration since implants are made of biocompatible titanium. After a few months of healing and integration, your implant acts just like a root and supports your new tooth, which is a porcelain crown that Dr. Kinsella designs to complement your smile.

If you would like more information about tooth implants, we invite your call to our dental clinic in West Perth, where we'll be happy to provide you with more information.