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Should I Replace Missing Teeth? | Specialist Dental Group

Your teeth play an important part in your daily life. It not only helps you to chew and eat your food, but frames your face. Any missing tooth can impact your quality of life significantly. It can also affect your dental and oral health over the long-term.

Impairment of speech

When you lose your teeth, especially a row of them, your ability to speak clearly and audibly may be affected. This could affect your ability to communicate with others.

Inability to chew

Missing teeth (especially back teeth) also negatively impacts how we chew.You may no longer enjoy your favourite foods like nuts, steaks, and other dishes.

Headaches and migraines

When your tooth goes missing, healthy teeth may shift position towards the gap due to bone loss. This could affect how your upper and lower teeth meet, resulting in an impact on surrounding muscles and joints. This may result in pain and various other symptoms such as headaches or migraines.

Loss of bone

When we chew, a healthy tooth strengthens the quality of your jawbone. This is similar to how exercise protects against bone loss in your limbs. if your teeth go missing, your jaw bone will no longer be stimulated by your own teeth and tooth roots and hence start shrinking.

Look more aged

Beyond the appearance of a gap in your smile, the loss of teeth could result in your lips no longer being supported from the inside. Your chin starts to move forward and upward, and your lips turn inward. Your cheeks may also become more hollow and saggy, giving you a more aged appearance.


Related: What are the causes of tooth loss and pain?

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