Why you should replace missing teeth

Why you should replace missing teeth

Having missing teeth can have severe implications for your mental and physical health. It can feel uncomfortable and embarrassing. 

Your teeth play a central role in your life – like smiling and eating. Besides the impact on your appearance, missing a tooth can be harmful to your dental health.

Your missing tooth can be replaced by a dental implant, a dental bridge, removable partial dentures and more. Missing teeth can be avoided. Always choose to replace the tooth, instead of leaving a gap. It causes problems inside and outside of your mouth.

Here are some reasons why replacing a missing tooth is essential.

Teeth may shift and loosen.

Every tooth is in your mouth provides stability. A missing tooth runs the risk of shifting your teeth and augmenting your jawline. According to Main Street Family Dentistry, teeth can drift out of place. This leads to a change in your bite, potential gum disease and possible tooth decay.

A wide variety of problems can cause adult teeth to loosen. Periodontal disease loosens teeth in their sockets. Grinding your teeth (bruxism) can cause teeth to shift. And traumatic injuries from contact sports or accidental falls can loosen or even knock teeth out.

Facial changes

If you lose a back tooth, it can also cause your mouth to shift and sag. This may make your face appear older. Tooth loss can also result in your bones deteriorating and droopy muscles over time.  

The more teeth you lose, the closer your nose and chin are. It will turn your lips into a frown.

Indigestion and stomach issues

Missing teeth makes it harder to chew.  This can cause gastrointestinal issues. Not chewing food properly causes indigestion and heartburn.

Not being able to chew certain foods can cause deficiencies. Improper chewing can negatively affect how your body absorbs nutrients.  The most common of these is pagophagia; insufficient iron absorption. 

Pagophagia presents with iron deficiency anaemia. Sufferers may experience symptoms including:

  • fatigue and weakness
  • pallor, which means skin that is paler than usual
  • chest pain, fast heartbeat, or shortness of breath
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • swollen or sore tongue
  • cold hands or feet
  • poor appetite


Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder

The muscles on the side of your head are called temporomandibular joints (TMJ). They help you to chew and rotate your jaw. If there is a change to these muscles, the system they are connected to can result in a lot of pain from losing a tooth and the failure to replace it. 

A loss of structural support can weaken your remaining teeth and create a more complex cleaning surface, which increases the risk of dental disease. 

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is challenging to determine. The pain may be due to genetics, arthritis or jaw injury, says Mayo Clinic. Some people who have jaw pain tend to clench or grind their teeth (bruxism). Many habitually clench or grind their teeth but never develop TMJ disorders.

In most cases, the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders are temporary. Self-managed care or nonsurgical treatments could help. Surgery is usually the last resort after conservative measures have failed. Some people with TMJ disorders may benefit from surgical treatments.

Treatment becomes more expensive and difficult later

At first, the thought of replacing your teeth may seem costly, and you may want to prolong the need for treatment. Treatment becomes essential eventually and more complex and costly as your situation worsens. 

It will be harder to replace your missing tooth or teeth with dental implants because of the amount or quality of your deteriorated bone. This will automatically remove dental implants as an option, and you may require a bone graft if there is insufficient bone volume to support the replacing dental implant.

If you are replacing multiple teeth, you may end up needing more implants than would have been necessary if you had gone for treatment earlier. Overall, the longer you wait to have the treatment done, the more money you will need to fork, and the procedure becomes more complicated.

Make dental care a priority.

Dental technology has advanced. Nowadays, if you have a missing tooth, your dentist can help you decided what treatment is best for you. It is vital to act quickly so that you can maintain your healthy and beautiful smile. After all, nothing looks better than a confident grin.

Why get a Platinum Plan from Affinity Dental

Affinity Dental Platinum Plan covers an extensive list of procedures. 

It offers a complete mouth examination, which includes inspection of the teeth and surrounding tissues of the oral cavity. Without dental insurance, you would be expected to pay thousands of rand for procedures like scaling and polishing, intraoral radiographs, emergency examination, infection control, extractions and fillings and dentures.

Dentures cost anything from R1000 to R5000, depending on what you need. Affinity Platinum also promises that there are unlimited consultations available if a member is in pain or discomfort stemming from any form of dental occurrence.

Other procedures covered by the plan include Root Canal, Impaction and Crowns.

The package also makes allowance for Specialist Dentistry.

Platinum Plan benefits are subject to a three-month waiting period from the commencement date unless stated otherwise, and pre-existing conditions are subject to a twelve-month waiting period from the commencement date.

There is also the option of upgrading further to the Platinum Plus package. 

The Platinum Plus package is only available on the Platinum Plan and has a waiting period of 12 months.

Dental health is a priority, so if you want the best cover with the most extensive scope of assistance, contact the Affinity Dental call centre and let the agent help you explore your options. 



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