What happens if you don't replace Missing Teeth?

Replacing missing teeth takes time. You need to find the right solution to your individual problem, and you need to account for the recovery time between stages if replacement. While the time and energy you devote to this can feel overwhelming, choosing to not fix the issue is far worse. Leaving things to fester leaves opportunity for infections, and missing teeth are just such an occasion.

These are the top concerns when you don't replace missing teeth:

  • Depression- Gaps in your teeth make you less likely to smile. The less you smile the less happy you are, it sounds silly but it is true. If you do not replace your missing teeth you have an increased chance of having low self esteem, less confidence, depression, and anxiety.
  • Misalignment/Damage to your other teeth- Leaving gaps in your smile makes your jaw work differently when you chew. This can cause you to bite your lips or cheeks. These tears can cause sores and infections in your mouth. It can also lead to a higher chance of infection, whether in your gums or your other teeth, through plaque and tartar build up. If you want to care for the teeth you have, replace the teeth you don’t.
  • Infections- Infections can plaque your mouth, cause damage to your teeth or jaw, and generally suck. Infections can also make you sick though, which can give you fevers or make you stay home from work/school. We have all had a tough time and no one wants to get sick, take care to not get infections.
  • Bone and Jaw loss- Missing teeth interfere with the ergonomics of how you chew and talk. Simple fine muscle movements can be altered and adjusted based on where your jaw senses bone and strength. Having to mash and mush foods with your jaw creates uneven pressure points. These gaps can lead to alterations and pain in your jaw and along your mandibular bone up to your temple. Missing teeth can cause jaw and face pain, bone loss, change the shape of your jaw, and TMJ disorders. You can also develop chronic headaches from the dispersion of muscle use.

What can you do to replace missing Teeth?

Begin by consulting with a Dentist or Dental care professional. There are many options to replace missing teeth; including Dental Implants, Dentures, Crowns, Bridges, or even veneers. Every situation will depend on your level of comfort and your unique dental health. Dental Implants are a versatile option that can replace any and all of your missing teeth. They take time to heal though, and you should consult with someone who has x rays of your mouth and jaw. Begin by taking excellent care of the teeth you have, follow pristine dental hygiene and ask your dental hygienist for advice. Finally, contact your insurance and ask for coverage options for teeth replacement. If something is out of your coverage, discuss other available options or payment plans.

Implant Years After Extraction