A Tooth for a Tooth: The Surprising Consequences of Missing Teeth
Losing a tooth and not having it replaced immediately has a number of hidden consequences. When it comes to losing a front tooth, people are never willing to leave a gap in such a visible area of the face. Some, however, tend to ignore a lost tooth in an area of the mouth that is less visible.
If you have ever lost any of your teeth, then surely you understand the gravity of the situation. Not only will the loss have a negative impact on your physical appearance, but it can also give you a hard time when it comes to smiling, speaking, eating, and chewing.
Here are some of the surprising effects of living with missing teeth:
It Will Disturb the Alignment of the Remaining Teeth
Lost teeth will obviously leave an empty space. Not only is it visually unappealing, but also provides a room for other adjacent teeth to shift from their original positions. Over time, this can lead to a crooked and uneven smile that requires additional dental intervention to correct the problem. Worse, it can lead to problems like TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or jaw joint pain.
It Leads to Jawbone Loss
People who lose a tooth often end up with a misaligned or receding jawbone. Human bones are composed of large quantities of calcium; they require constant stimulation to retain their calcium density, and our teeth provide that stimulation.
When you lose your teeth and do not have it replaced, the bone in the jaw will start to degrade—particularly in areas that no longer have a role to play. This causes the face to gradually change.
It Affects the Speech
The quality of your speech will be affected, especially if you are missing more than one tooth. This can be very distressing and can cause you to lose confidence. It can even have a “knock on” effect on your life—sometimes causing you to avoid social situations or even affecting your work.
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