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Do You Need to Replace Missing Teeth?

Posted on 8/25/2016 by Todd Jorgenson
A man suffering from a missing tooth.Although confidence and aesthetics do play a role in the decision to treat missing teeth, these are not the only reasons you might consider replacement. Replacing missing teeth is also important for maintaining the health and function of your mouth.

What Happens if You Are Missing Teeth?

When you are missing any number of teeth, it affects the remaining teeth that surround the gap. Your teeth start to move out of alignment and fill the space where your missing teeth used to be. Gaps in teeth and movement in alignment can also make it difficult to eat or speak.

As time goes on, you will experience bone loss in the area where there are gaps. Bone loss can become so severe that the jaw's shape is affected, and you may require a bone grafting procedure before the missing teeth can be treated.

What Causes Tooth Loss?

Some tooth loss can be caused by injury or trauma, but poor diet and dental hygiene habits are major risk factors for tooth loss. Foods that are high in sugar and acid allow for the development of bacteria that decay your teeth, and not brushing or flossing regularly can allow plaque to develop from these bacteria. Eventually, bone and gum tissue start to recede, and the teeth start to loosen, possibly falling out completely.

How Can You Prevent Tooth Loss?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the main ways to prevent tooth loss. This includes regular professional cleanings, brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and having a healthy diet.

If you already have periodontal disease or tooth decay, you can prevent their advancement by seeking professional treatment and keeping up with your oral hygiene routine. It is also important to avoid other risk factors, such as leaving teeth unprotected during high-impact sports or smoking.

If you have questions about preventing missing teeth or possible treatment options, call our office today, and we can work with you to determine the best treatment for your situation.

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