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Problems Caused by Missing Teeth

3 surprising problems caused by missing teeth

Missing Teeth EdmontonLosing your adult teeth can impact your appearance, especially if it involves your front teeth. However, missing teeth can cause problems beyond aesthetics over time. Even if you have only lost teeth that cannot be seen by others, these problems could haunt you if left unresolved.

1. Your teeth could become crooked

If you have missing teeth because a tooth fell out or was knocked out by trauma, you could find that the entire appearance of your remaining teeth could change. You might think that a missing molar would not have a major impact on your mouth. However, every tooth has an important job. Together, your teeth hold each other in place. If one is missing, the rest can shift to such an extent that your smile becomes crooked.

2. Your oral health could be affected

Missing teeth can make you more susceptible to infection. That’s because the risk of plaque build up and tooth decay becomes more likely as it is often more difficult to keep the gaps and spaces between missing teeth as clean as they need to be. 

3. You could develop TMJ

When you have all of your teeth in place and your is in proper alignment, the intricate balance of muscles, nerves, tendons, and bones in your jaw usually flows without effort, allowing you to chew, yawn, and talk without difficulty.

However, losing one or more teeth can cause a misalignment in your temporomandibular joint, the connection for both parts of the jaw. This can cause strain and inflammation. The result is often a range of unwelcome symptoms, including swelling and tenderness in the jaw, a popping noise when you open your mouth, a jaw that becomes locked at times, headaches, neck aches, and shoulder pain.

Are your missing teeth a problem?

If you have missing teeth, we think it’s a good idea to book a consultation with your dentist Edmonton to find out if they are negatively impacting your health. Though a thorough evaluation, your dentist can help you determine the best way to replace your missing teeth.

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