When you’re a child, losing teeth is par for the course. It happens naturally, kids lose teeth and adult teeth grow back in. Problem solved, everyone’s happy, and someone usually gets a little change under the pillow.
However, when you’re an adult, whether it’s from natural causes or from some sort of unforeseen accident, you lose your teeth and they stay gone.
The problem is that there are a lot of risks in leaving those spaces in your smile.
Tooth drifting is the first big risk. Teeth, like any other unsupported structure, are likely to shift from their proper alignment when given a chance to do so. If you think of your teeth or each individual one, as a place-holder or brick in the wall, you can imagine what happens if you remove one that supports the rest. Sometimes, after an extraction it’s easy to think that one tooth doesn’t need to be replaced, especially if it’s not readily visible when you smile or open your mouth at all.
If you do not undergo treatment you can also develop Bruxisim which is a habitual grinding of the teeth due to your misalignment.
You can also develop TMJ disorder which is the name given to a wide range of issues related to jaw joint strain and imbalance.
Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease
You also run a much higher risk of developing tooth decay or periodontal disease when your teeth are not properly aligned.
Another risk from missing teeth is bone loss. When teeth are lost, the area of the jaw bone affected ceases to function as it once did leading to bone resorption. The deterioration leads to a reduction of the height and width of the alveolar ridge which gives an aged or depleted look to the face.