Although it may not bother you, it is important to consider the consequences of ignoring a missing tooth or teeth for an extended period of time. Not only will the skin around the missing tooth become affected, causing it to sag and making you appear older than you are but it can also lead to crooked/leaning teeth, crowding and other oral health problems which could be hard to treat down the track.
One of the most serious issues that can occur as a result of a missing tooth is a resorbed jaw bone. While the jaw bone is usually stimulated through biting and chewing, when a tooth is lost, it loses this stimulation causing the gum to recede and eventually exposing the roots. This can dramatically alter your facial structure and even impact your ability to chew, speak and smile. Although this process may take many years, it can be very painful and uncomfortable, resulting in increased sensitivity and regular headaches.
Along with a resorbed jaw bone, a missing tooth can also lead to other problems such as TMJ disorder, gum disease and root decay. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth might also grow out of the gum too much resulting in further gum disease.
No matter how well we care for our teeth, sometimes accidents happen. If you are involved in accident or sporting injury that causes your tooth to become dislodged from your mouth, the most important thing to do is not panic.
You may not have easy access to a dentist when an emergency occurs so in the event that you are unable to get to a dentist immediately, here is a list of some handy tips which you might like to use in the meantime.
While it is certainly unfortunate when a tooth is unable to be saved, the good news is that there are still a number of different teeth replacement options available. Depending on your suitability and circumstances, you may like to consider getting a dental implant, bridge or removable denture.
Thanks to modern day advancements in dental technology, many of the teeth replacement options available can be made to fit, function and feel like your original teeth. When properly cared for, replacement teeth can last for quite some time so it’s important to choose the optimal long term best suited to your needs.
If you’re concerned about your missing teeth, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.