What happens when you have missing teeth?
If you have any missing teeth, there are several changes that will permanently occur and usually get worse over time.
Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have dire physical and cosmetic impacts.
The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and troubles eating a complete, balanced diet because of this. The teeth around the missing space can topple over and lean into the space. This results in a permanent negative change to your bite and also an area that is difficult to clean. While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: Bone loss.
What is bone loss?
Without the tooth to stimulate the jaw, the bone beneath it will begin to disappear (atrophy) in the same manner as muscle gets smaller when it is not used, for example, when an arm is in a cast. Since your facial bone supports the skin and muscles on top of it, losing bone volume can cause your face to look prematurely aged and sunken in.
The good news is that dental implants offer a solution to stop bone loss.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.