5 Things That’ll Happen if You Don’t Replace a Missing Tooth

Research shows that at least 27 million adults have at least one missing tooth. Some of the causes of missing teeth for many include poor dental hygiene, illness, as well as accidents. You may be wondering if the missing teeth matter and whether it could have any harmful effects on your overall dental health – and the short answer is yes.

Today, we’re sharing five things that’ll happen if you don’t replace a missing tooth.

  1. Facial Structure Change – if you didn’t already know, your facial structure and teeth structure are closely aligned. A missing tooth can result in a drop in your facial muscles and change the aesthetics of your face. It’s definitely worth seeing a dentist to replace a missing tooth ASAP, as a change in your facial structure could negatively impact your confidence.
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  2. Chronic headaches – chewing with missing teeth can cause pain as certain teeth have no opposite ones to bite against. This means that the remaining healthy teeth may become overloaded and break due to chewing forces – ouch! Some additional consequences are your remaining teeth over erupting and causing damage to the opposing gums. Also, with time, it can stress your jaw joints and lead to chronic headaches.
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  3. Inadequate nutrition – when you can’t chew foods properly or without pain, it can affect your diet. Naturally, you’re likely to opt for foods that are easier to chew and cause less issues. This could lead to you avoiding foods that you need for a proper balanced diet.
  4. Misaligned teeth – without a neighbouring tooth to keep the others in place, your teeth could begin to drift. One of the effects of drifting teeth is that the roots become destabilised which could lead to wobbly teeth or losing even more teeth.
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  5. Speech challenges – depending on where exactly your teeth are missing, it can be difficult to pronounce certain words. It could also result in you having whistling sounds come out when you speak which can be embarrassing – making it more challenging to socialise.

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