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If you have any missing teeth, there are several changes that will permanently occur and get worse over time.

What Happens When You Have Missing Teeth?

Losing one or more of your teeth starts a chain of events that can have dire physical and cosmetic changes.

 

The most obvious result is a gap in your smile. Less obvious is the loss of chewing function and the inability to eat a complete diet that can result from it. The teeth around the missing space will topple over and lean into the space. This results in a permanent negative change to you bite and also an area that is hard to clean.

 

While these are certainly serious issues, a potentially bigger problem lies hidden beneath the surface: 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 when it is broken, the muscles of your arm will get smaller. 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.

Please remember that any surgical or invasive procedure caries risk. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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