Posted on 6/20/2019 by Dr. David Wanserski
|If you've lost one tooth, you might shrug it off, especially if it's in the back of your mouth where it's not immediately visible to others. But losing even one tooth can cause a number of problems all over your mouth.
That's why it's important that you come see us as soon as you've lost a tooth. Here are some of the problems you can avoid by doing so.
Your teeth help keep your jawbone healthy. If you've lost a tooth, that area of the jaw no longer has the support provided by that tooth. This can cause bone loss in that area. If you have a tooth implanted there, the post will help keep that part of the jaw healthy and strong.
Changes in Your Bite
A missing tooth can cause your bite to shift and change over time. This can actually impact your jaw muscles and even the muscles in your neck and head. Malocclusion, the medical term for having an improper bite, can cause TMJ, muscle pain, additional tooth loss, and headaches. Because of this shift in your bite, you may find it difficult to chew or eat certain foods easily. It doesn't matter where the missing tooth is, either. All of your teeth have specific functions, and losing one impacts your overall ability to bite and chew.
Nearby Teeth Shift
Another issue with missing teeth is that they can cause your nearby teeth to shift. These teeth may start to lean into the empty space, which in turn can affect your bite and make those teeth loose. This can actually start to cause a domino effect in which all of your teeth begin shifting towards the empty spot.
If you're missing a tooth, you need to come in and discuss options to replace it. Call us today to set up an appointment.