What happens when you lose a tooth?
Losing a tooth is never a fun experience. It can affect your self-confidence by creating a gap in your smile and it can have a major impact on your diet and nutrition. Missing teeth affect your ability to chew and having less teeth to chew with means you may have to eat softer foods.
When a tooth is removed, other things in your mouth start to shift and change as well. The neighboring teeth will start to tip into the empty space and the tooth on your other jaw might move up into the empty space too.
One of the most damaging things that occurs after a tooth is removed is our jaw bone starts to shrink from lack of stimulation. Tooth loss eventually leads to bone loss which causes changes in the shape of the face and can make someone look prematurely aged.
If you have lost a tooth or multiple teeth are concerned about the changes you have experienced as a result, please call us to talk about your options for tooth replacement.