3 consequences of missing teeth in Quarry Park
Missing teeth may not seem so bad, especially if they are back teeth, and some people think having one or two lost teeth is better than getting work done to save them. The problem is that missing teeth can lead to other issues such as crooked teeth, bad breath, toothache pain and potentially more lost teeth. More expensive dental work may become necessary if missing teeth are not taken care of.
1. Gum disease
The gaps left behind by missing teeth can be difficult to keep clean. When food debris accumulates as a result, or as plaque and tartar build up, gum disease can set in. Gum disease is often symptomless, but can have severe consequences if left untreated. Gum disease can cause you to lose teeth and the infection in your mouth can spread to your body causing or exacerbating some medical conditions like respiratory problems and diabetes.
2. Tooth decay
Problems associated with the gaps left by missing teeth can also contribute to tooth decay. When tooth decay sets in, dental fillings are the most common treatment. Without treatment, tooth decay can lead to the loss of the tooth.
3. Bite issues
When a tooth or teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth can begin to drift. Over time, these drifting teeth can become crooked or cause your bite to become unbalanced. An unbalanced bite can place undue stress and strain on your jaw joints, leading to painful TMJ symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, or neck, shoulder or back pain.
Avoid bigger problems by treating dental issues early
Scheduling dental check-ups and cleanings twice a year can catch problems in their early stages when treatment is often more straightforward.
- Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, can often be resolved with professional teeth cleaning
- If small cavities should appear in your teeth, having them filled can save them from further weakening
- By replacing missing teeth earlier, rather than later, you can avoid some of the problems they cause down the road.
If you would like to learn more about the consequences of missing teeth and how to avoid them, contact your Calgary dentist.