A missing or damaged tooth may not present as a very big deal to the affected individual. However, there are many reasons as to why it should be taken seriously. Aesthetically speaking, teeth provide much needed structural support for cheek structure. Without all teeth the face has potential to appear sunken. In addition, all teeth are vital for proper functionality. In the event that one tooth is missing, this can cause improper functionality in the remaining teeth, and even cause shifting and encroachment of the remaining teeth. Fortunately, there are options such as dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants that are viable fixes to this issue.
- Missing teeth can create an unappealing appearance in a smile, but missing teeth in the back of the mouth may be less of an aesthetic issue.
- Missing teeth can affect the mineralization in our jaw, which can affect the way our jaw and cheeks appear.
- Missing teeth can cause our remaining teeth to shift away from their current locations, which can make replacement teeth via dentures more difficult to implement.
“If a gap caused by a missing tooth is visible when we smile, it isn’t a good look and very few of us are going to accept that.”