Lucio H. Kim DDS

The Dangers of Not Replacing a Missing Tooth

May 27, 2022
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Posted By: Lucio H. Kim DDS

Tooth loss is a common issue that affects millions of Americans every year. Having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can make daily activities like eating and speaking difficult.

If a person is missing a tooth, it’s imperative to replace it, or you can experience severe consequences that affect your oral and overall health. Replacing a missing tooth helps with chewing and biting food, and it also helps with proper pronunciation and speech. Plus, having a full, healthy smile can do wonders for your mental health and self-esteem! 

There are many dangers of not replacing a missing tooth. 

#1 Gum Disease and Bacterial Infection

Bacterial infections and gum disease can lead to tooth loss. If we don’t replace a missing tooth, these issues can drastically escalate and even damage healthy teeth and lead to additional tooth loss. 

#2 Dental Alignment Issues 

A missing tooth can lead to a shift or misalignment of neighboring teeth. When there’s an empty space in the gums where a tooth once was, surrounding teeth move into their place and increase the gaps between other teeth. Gaps and mobile teeth can distort your smile’s alignment, change your bite, and lead to difficulties biting and chewing food.

#3 Damage to Gum Tissue and Jawbones 

Missing teeth and lack of tooth roots can damage the gums and jawbones. Without replacing the tooth and tooth roots, your facial structure can sag, and the gums and jawbones can shrink. 

#4 Hampers Confidence and Self-Esteem 

Many people with missing teeth are self-conscious about their appearance, leading to low self-esteem. You’re more likely to smile, laugh, and socialize with others when you have a full smile. 

#5 Compromises Your Oral Hygiene  

Having gaps in your smile and bite misalignment can make it challenging to brush and floss your teeth properly. When you have missing teeth, there are more nooks and crannies for bacteria and plaque to hide cavities and infection can form. Having a complete set of teeth is easier to clean and keep healthy. 

Replace Missing Teeth in Glendale, CA 

At the dental office of Kim H. Lucio, DDS, we offer various tooth replacement options to restore your smile’s health, function, and appearance. With our help, you no longer have to hide your smile or shy away from social situations. Replacing missing teeth can help you eat food and communicate with comfort and ease again! Please get in touch with us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lucio to learn about your treatment options. 

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