Losing teeth is a rite of passage. We all have 20 primary teeth that fall out over a period of time to allow for our erupting permanent teeth to come into place. Every tooth is designed to erupt and exfoliate and just the perfect time to allow for it’s replacement to come into the same space. Even the way our permanent teeth come into play has a tremendous influence on the shape and appearance of our smile for the rest of our lives. Losing a tooth at an inappropriate time may have a greater influence than you thought.
Sometimes, due to accident or dental diseases, our child may lose a tooth before they ought to because there is simply no way to repair it. If this is the case, it is necessary for the child’s dentist to place a space maintainer in the area to hold the space between the adjacent teeth. Otherwise, the neighboring teeth will lean or slide into the area ever so slightly, enough that impaction of the developing permanent tooth might occur. By maintaining this space with a small appliance, the permanent teeth can continue to develop into the area correctly.
As we age, some people also lose teeth due to gum disease, infections or complications of some sort. Your dentist’s goal is to extend the life of your natural teeth as long as possible, but sometimes losing a tooth is just the best option.
Once an area no longer has a tooth, it affects the rest of the teeth throughout the mouth. Even the opposing teeth may come further out of the socket in attempt to find a tooth to bite against. Replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant or bridge as soon as possible can help maintain the stability and health of the rest of your mouth.
Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts
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