There are a few reasons why a missing tooth can be a big deal:
Aesthetics: A missing tooth can be noticeable and affect your smile’s appearance. This can be a concern for some people who may feel self-conscious about the way they look.
Function: A missing tooth can affect your ability to chew and speak properly, and it can also cause problems with your bite, as the teeth around the missing tooth may shift to compensate for the missing space.
Oral health: A missing tooth can lead to further problems with your oral health. The teeth around the missing tooth may begin to shift, which can cause problems with your bite and lead to further tooth loss. In addition, the gap left by the missing tooth can be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can cause gum disease and other oral health problems.
Jawbone deterioration: When a tooth is missing, the jawbone in the area where the tooth used to begin to deteriorate. This can cause the surrounding teeth to become loose and lead to further tooth loss.
Psychological effects: A missing tooth can also affect self-esteem and confidence. This can be particularly difficult for people who have lost a tooth due to an injury or accident.
There are options for replacing missing teeth, including dental implants, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants are popular because they function like natural teeth, and bridges and dentures are also effective at replacing missing teeth.
It’s important to address missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid further problems with your oral health. If you have a missing tooth, it’s a good idea to speak to Dr. Sharma about your options for replacing it. He can help you choose the best solution for your specific needs and will be able to provide you with the care and support you need to restore your smile.