Contrary to popular belief, missing teeth is a common predicament not just for older people, but also the young ones. Teeth can be removed because of extensive cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, accidents or injuries; others may never have developed some of their teeth due to a hereditary trait. A tooth is like a building – it is made of the tooth structure (the house) and the root (the foundation). When we are missing our teeth, we are missing the tooth structure and its root. Not only can missing teeth be a source of embarrassment, it can also affect quality of life.
Difficulty eating or chewing where harder foods gets jammed in the gums painfully, speech and pronunciation issues, adjacent teeth shifting are some problems we see in our patients. When teeth shift, further aesthetic problems arise and one can also be more susceptible to cavities, bite problems and periodontal disease.
Having a full set of teeth and a great smile begets a youthful appearance. It is the key foundation to a balanced diet because you can chew better and enjoy a wider selection of foods. In addition, speech is clearer when one has all of one’s teeth.
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