Did you know? In the United States, approximately 70% of the population is missing one or more teeth. In our practice, we see patients nearly everyday with missing teeth. Sometimes their teeth have been extracted, other times they are missing due to an injury. The reasons for missing teeth vary from person to person. But when it comes to the question of replacing missing teeth, the answer is usually the same — you should absolutely replace any and all of your missing teeth! Here’s why.
The Role of Your Teeth
With anywhere from 28-32 teeth in your mouth, it might be hard to believe that each tooth plays an extremely important role! Not only do they help you chew up food, but each one of your teeth plays a crucial role in the structure and state of your mouth and other teeth. Leaving even just one tooth missing can have serious consequences!
One or more missing teeth can cause a shift of bite pressure onto other teeth. This over time can cause the remaining teeth to shift into the space the missing tooth or teeth once occupied. Overtime, your smile will change tremendously and replacing the tooth won’t be as easy.
Missing teeth can also cause a buildup of plaque that makes your mouth harder to clean and can damage the surrounding teeth over time. This can result in gum infections and even the need to have more teeth removed.
Luckily, when it comes to missing teeth, there are numerous ways to replace them! Depending on your case, your dentist may recommend one or more of the following:
- Dental Implants
- Full Dentures
- Fixed Bridges
- Removable Partial Dentures
Looking to have your missing tooth replaced? Contact us today to see which option is best for you!