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Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are quite noticeable cosmetically, but they can also have a huge oral health impact if they are not replaced promptly or in a timely manner. While replacing a lost tooth is a personal choice, here are some of the more serious consequences that can result from a missing tooth:

Damage to your overall dental function

If you are missing a tooth, you will experience damage in some way. The most common is that, when a whole tooth is missing, the wear on your remaining teeth will become uneven as you change how you chew food. You may also experience an impact on your speech abilities (depending on the location of the missing teeth).

Self-esteem damage

Aside from oral health issues, a missing tooth can greatly impact your confidence. While this varies from person to person, there is always the chance that a missing tooth affects your self-esteem.

Deterioration of the jawbone

When you lose a tooth, a destructive reaction begins in your mouth. Immediately upon losing a tooth, your jawbone will begin to deteriorate. Over time, your other teeth will fall out as your jawbone loses structural integrity.
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Like most dental issues, there are numerous causes for tooth loss. These are the most common:
1. Poor nutrition, drug or alcohol abuse, or the use of smoking or chewing tobacco.
2. Uncontrolled diabetes or certain genetic conditions.
3. A sudden traumatic damage to the jaw or teeth.
4. Poor overall oral hygiene routines.

Luckily, these are all mostly preventable. By maintaining proper dental hygiene and regular dental checkups, it is easy to stay up to date on your dental health.

What do I do to replace my missing teeth?

If you are missing a tooth (or multiple teeth), there are many possible fixes. For starters, implant-supported restorations are recommended usually, especially if a tooth (or teeth) have been missing for a long time. If a missing tooth is addressed early, then traditional replacement options are recommended. These include dental bridgescrowns, or dentures. However, implant-supported restorations are best for your overall future health, so we recommend these whenever is possible.

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