What are the consequences if you don’t replace a missing tooth?

Tooth loss is not only an aesthetic issue, but a problem with broader consequences. This not only affects appearance, but also affects aspects of daily life such as eating, speaking, and oral health and structure. Despite the availability of modern treatments such as dental implants, dentures and bridges, some people choose to ignore the need to replace missing teeth. Our dentists are here to take a closer look at some of the consequences of untreated tooth loss.

Difficulty eating and speaking

One of the first areas of life affected by tooth loss is diet. Missing teeth can lead to swallowing food without chewing it properly or even giving up eating certain foods. Such habits can lead to digestive problems and malnutrition.

Additionally, tooth loss may interfere with the correct pronunciation, making it impossible to pronounce certain words clearly. In some cases, a lisp may even develop, potentially affecting social interactions.

Oral health problems

Untreated tooth loss increases the risk of gum disease and bacterial infections. Additionally, the changing position of the remaining teeth can lead to oral space problems such as crowding, crookedness, and uncomfortable pressure.

Bone loss and facial sunkening

Despite the apparent invisibility of tooth loss, especially in the back of the mouth, the consequences are more significant than they seem. Lack of stimulation of the jawbone causes it to shrink and atrophy, resulting in a sagging chin and mouth. Dental implants provide an effective solution by replacing the roots of missing teeth and maintaining a youthful facial structure.

Ready for tooth loss solutions?

If you are experiencing the loss of one or more teeth, please contact us on +48 22 542 18 04 to make an appointment at Warsaw Dental Center. Our specialists will be happy to discuss surgical and non-surgical options for tooth replacement with you. Take care of your oral health and restore your smile!

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