Do you really need to replace lost teeth?

Besides doing it for aesthetic reasons, it turns out that we need to replace any missing teeth otherwise their absence could negatively affect our health, both oral and digestive.

Most adults will have a back molar extracted at some point. Many people don’t give it much thought, but as it turns out, having a missing tooth in any section of the mouth could have dire consequences on one’ s health.

Damage

According to an article by Distinctive Smiles of Dublin, having a missing tooth can cause the teeth surrounding the gap to erode. But why is this?
As it turns out, your surrounding teeth no longer have adequate support – and the lack of support around the remaining teeth will cause structural damage. Without the rest of the set to hold them in place, they will shift over time, and be less efficient.

Digestion

A full set of teeth means proper chewing. Chewing is the first step in a proper digestive cycle. When you have all your teeth, it is easier to chew your food into smaller particles to aid digestion. Smaller particles of food get broken down easier by the enzymes in our saliva. When you neglect to chew your food thoroughly, your saliva has a harder time breaking everything down. When larger food particles make their way down into your stomach, you are susceptible to indigestion and gastric distress.

Tooth Replacement

Even though you won’t have the same biting force or appearance of a natural tooth, having your missing teeth replaced with a bridge or crown is the most common, affordable option and will get the job done. However, most professionals advise using implants as a permanent solution to tooth loss. Implants closely mimic your natural teeth, and although pricey, they have a longer lifespan.

When you invest in an insurance plan like Affinity Dental, you open yourself up to a wider range of options from extractions to fillings and replacement teeth, or dentures. Contact Affinity Dental today to find a plan that works for you and your family.

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