Posted on 5/30/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you are missing a tooth either because of decay, accident or injury, you may think that it's not a big deal, and your other teeth will be just fine without that tooth. The truth is that missing a tooth and neglecting to replace it can cause more damage to your other teeth, the gum tissue and even your jaw bone.
A Missing Tooth Affects Your Oral Health
Believe it or not, a single missing tooth can have a negative domino effect on the rest of your oral health. As you may know, your teeth are made up of the crown of the tooth, which we see because it is exposed, and the root of the tooth, which lies beneath the surface of your gum. The root of the tooth acts as an anchor holding your tooth in place in the jaw bone. When a tooth is missing, several things begin to happen.
First, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth slowly begin to shift to fill in the gap. Without the other tooth in its proper place, the anchors, or roots of the teeth on either side can become loose and the teeth will gradually move into the missing space. This can have a domino effect on all of your remaining teeth as they all begin to shift into the empty spaces. While this may not sound so bad, it is. This movement can cause the other teeth to also become loose and lead to more missing teeth.
Additionally, the jaw bone is stimulated by the roots of the teeth to regenerate. When a tooth is missing, that part of the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and dissolve thus leading to additional tooth loss and complications.
If you are missing one or several teeth, please call our office and we will schedule a consultation with you to talk about what options you have to replace it.
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