One lost tooth is one less to worry about, right? Actually, just one missing tooth can be enough to cause you a surprising amount of trouble.
Missing Teeth Affect Tooth Alignment
A gap in your smile provides the opportunity for neighboring teeth to shift and tilt out of their proper position. As a result, your remaining teeth can end up uncomfortably tipped over. This makes it difficult to clean them, so they’ll be more prone to decay and gum disease.
Missing Teeth Makes Your Mouth “Shrink”
You might not appreciate just how important your teeth are until they’re gone. Your teeth provide support for the framework of your face. Without them, your mouth loses its height. That’s why completely toothless individuals have chins that roll right up into their mouth.
The bone tissue around missing teeth will also eventually shrink away and leave you with a huge indentation in your gums. It’s very hard to fill in the space after your mouth has shrunken. You’ll need special restorative treatment such as a bone graft if you want to fill in the gap with a bridge or dental implants.
Missing Teeth Can Cause Wrinkles
Without the support of teeth, muscles around your mouth can soften and atrophy, making your face look “sunken in.” The tissue in your cheeks and lips becomes soft and collapses in on itself. This process can make you develop wrinkles that make you look older than you are.
It’s clear that your teeth are important. Do everything in your power to hold onto your natural teeth as long as possible! Your dentist can help you do just that. Call your local dental office to schedule an oral health consultation.
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Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
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