Some Atlanta residents may be inclined to live with the gap caused by having a tooth removed, especially if the space doesn’t show when they smile. The decision not to replace a missing tooth just because it’s not visible can actually lead to some unwanted side effects.
Side Effects of Living with Missing Teeth
The following side effects are inevitable however, some may take more time to become evident than others. Also, the more teeth you have missing, the more you’ll notice these changes.
1. Shifting Teeth
Having a tooth removed leaves you with a gap, and it’s your teeth’s instinct to want to close in those spaces. Over time you’ll notice that your teeth are shifting, and as a result, you’ll have spaces in areas you didn’t have them before. Your teeth will also become slanted and may protrude out more (be longer) than they were prior to tooth loss.
2. Brushing Properly Is Difficult
When your teeth are gapped and slanted, it’s more difficult to maneuver the toothbrush to clean all of the surfaces properly. As a result, you may begin to develop gum irritation, a faster accumulation of plaque and tartar buildup, and more frequent cavities.
3. Facial Features Change
Your teeth and jaw help fill in your face and keep your skin smooth. When you lose teeth, you’ll notice more wrinkles and a sunken-in face that can make you look more aged.
Tooth Replacement Options
A partial denture is an effective device for replacing several missing teeth. To find out if this is a viable option for you, call Georgia Denture & Implant Specialists. We also service the Woodstock, and Gwinnett areas. Give us a call today to see how we can help you gain a healthy smile.