What if I don't replace a missing tooth?
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be particularly self-conscious about your appearance. And when teeth are missing, it's difficult to chew. Teeth work together. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt into the empty space or the teeth in the opposite jaw may shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place unusual stress on your teeth. Chewing on one side only may cause extra stress on your jaw joints. A missing tooth also results in "shrinking" of the jawbone. This can change how the lips or cheeks are supported.
Teeth that have tipped or drifted are often difficult to clean. This makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. In the long run, more teeth may be lost.
If you need to replace a missing tooth, consult with Dr. Alexander and Dr. Song to determine the best treatment for you.