If you have a missing tooth, it is paramount that you replace it as soon as possible in order to avoid the complications on the list below.
Avoid the need for orthodontic treatment
Failing to replace a missing tooth will cause our other teeth to shift into the vacant gap, creating unnatural, unhealthy gaps in your mouth. These gaps can make it difficult to clean and floss your teeth and therefore cause a build up of plaque and tartar. In addition, you may need orthodontic treatment to realign your teeth into a healthy and aesthetic position.
Your jawbone is supported by your teeth, so when you have a missing tooth or several teeth missing, your jawbone does not receive the stimulation it needs. This is when it begins to resorb (sink back into your face). In the first year after having a missing tooth, 25% of your bone is lost and this loss continues in the years to follow. With this in mind, it’s essential that you tackle the issue of missing teeth.
If you have a missing tooth, especially one missing from the ‘social six’ (the phrase for front teeth that are on display to others), it can leave you feeling particularly self conscious and affect your desire to smile. Invest in your self esteem by replacing your missing tooth/teeth. Jawbone loss will also affect your facial structure notably making your lips appear thinner, giving you an older-looking facial aesthetic.
Implants or dentures?
Dentures can replace your missing teeth but will not tackle the issue of resorption. They are a removable and cost-effective solution that will help you break down foods correctly and give your smile a better aesthetic. Dental implants on the other hand, are a fixed solution that fuse with your jawbone to become a permanent part of you. Dental implants are favourable to dentures when it comes to replacing a missing tooth and can last a lifetime if correctly cared for.