2 reasons why a missing tooth can impact your oral health
If you were to lose a front tooth, you’d probably rush to the dentist as fast as possible to get it replaced. If you lose a back tooth, you might not think it matters much. Our looks sometimes motivate us to get to a dentist to replace missing front teeth, but there’s a little-known secret about having a missing tooth in the back: It can have a negative effect on your oral health, and even change the way your front teeth look if you don’t get it replaced.
What’s wrong with a missing tooth?
1. Oral hygiene difficulties
A big space where a tooth used to be gives bacteria a place to grow. A toothbrush is designed to clean the surface of teeth, while dental floss is designed to get between teeth to remove food particles. A large gap can be surprisingly hard to clean effectively. When bacteria grow, plaque can develop. Plaque is a sticky film that makes brushing and flossing less effective. If plaque is left behind, it hardens quickly to become tartar. Tartar has to be scraped off with special dental instruments. If you don’t see a dentist to get rid of tartar, you are at risk of developing gum disease.
2. Shifting teeth
Your teeth are held in place by a strong bone structure underneath your gums. If one tooth is lost, the foundation of support for your other teeth is undermined, and the result can be shifting teeth. Losing a tooth in the back of your mouth may not have much immediate effect, but if you don’t get it replaced, as time goes by you may start to notice your front teeth spacing apart.
You have options to get a missing tooth replaced
There are a variety of options to replace missing teeth.
- A missing tooth can be replaced with a dental bridge or a dental implant.
- If you have several teeth missing, dental implants, implant supported dentures and dental bridges are all options. Since implants are not right for everyone, traditional dentures can also be an effective treatment.
It is important to have a dental exam and discuss your desires and your overall health with our Chestermere dentist to determine what tooth replacement options are best in your case.
If you have a missing tooth, getting it replaced is important for your oral health and your smile. If you would like to learn more about tooth replacement treatment options, please contact us for an appointment to find out the best way to replace a missing tooth and keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful.