Why It Is Important to Replace Missing Teeth

Losing a tooth in the course of one’s life is not uncommon. People lose their teeth to tooth decay, accidents, cracks and gum disease amongst many other reasons.

 

Importance of teeth

 

Our teeth play a vital role in our lives.

 

  • Teeth are important for chewing and biting. Without teeth, we would not be able to bite or chew food to enable digestion.
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  • Teeth are important for maintaining face structure. The teeth contribute to the overall structural components of our face.
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  • Teeth contribute to our appearance. They are of high aesthetic value. A healthy set of teeth contributes to a beautiful smile and is a boost in self-confidence.
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  • Teeth are important for speech. They assist in the sounding of words.
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Why you should replace missing teeth

 

We often don’t take the loss of a tooth seriously. However, even the loss of a single tooth can set off a chain reaction with serious repercussions. There are many reasons to replace a missing tooth including:

 

  • A loss in functionality of some teeth. When you extract a tooth, the function of the opposing tooth is immediately compromised. For example, the opposing tooth can no longer be used for chewing as there is no surface against which to chew. In reality then, you will be losing two teeth not just one.
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  • When a tooth is extracted, you are basically removing a supporting surface for the adjacent teeth. Teeth adjacent to the gap will tilt or lean as a result of the lack of support. The result is an unstable bite. This in turn affects your ability to chew food properly. You may either not enjoy eating or fail to chew food properly and develop digestive problems.
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  • In addition to developing an unstable bite, there are chances of developing gum pockets around the leaning or tilting teeth. These gum pockets will trap food debris as well as bacteria. This can lead to the build-up of plaque and the development of cavities. It can also result in gum disease.
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  •  The missing tooth will result in the moving of your back teeth further back into your mouth. The result is the exposure of the roots of these back teeth. Exposure of the roots will result in the decay of the teeth. Because the roots of the teeth are exposed, the decay will occur much faster than with teeth whose roots are covered.
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If you have any missing teeth, talk to your dentists about getting implants and having your teeth replaced. 

Posted by: Admin Admin on 12/8/2014
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