What Happens When a Tooth is Missing?

If you are missing a tooth, chances are you notice the aesthetic impact. Depending on where the tooth was located, its absence may detract from the appearance of your smile. However, it is what’s happening unseen that is most worrisome.

As soon as a tooth is missing, bite tension is altered. Functions once performed by the now missing tooth are transferred to adjacent teeth, resulting in uneven tooth wear and, bite abnormalities that can increase your risk for TMJ, interfere with speaking, and making daily tasks more difficult. At this point, adjacent teeth may begin to slip into the space left by the missing tooth, further altering bite strength and function.

Worse still, when a tooth is missing, so too is its root. When the root is missing, the minerals that comprise the jaw in that particular area are reabsorbed by the body. This results in a sunken or collapsed look and permanently alters facial appearance.

The only way to prevent this and other problems associated with missing teeth is to have them replaced with dental implants. Houston cosmetic dentist Dr. Scott Young would be happy to discuss the benefits of implants in particular and tooth replacement in general during your next appointment.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Young, please contact  Scott Young, DDS today. Dr. Young serves Houston and surrounding areas from our conveniently located Woodlands office.

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