Health Problems Can Occur With a Missing Tooth

Wondering if your missing tooth is going to lead to your experiencing dental health problems? If you have recently lost one of the teeth in your mouth, then finding a tooth replacement option as soon as possible is necessary. A missing tooth will likely make you feel self-conscious about the way you look when you smile. But, it will also cause potential and serious health problems. Anytime you are experiencing a problem with the overall health of your mouth, it is highly recommended that you seek professional dental assistance as soon as possible. If you do not, your dental problems will only become worse with time.

According to Harvard Health, by the age of 50, the average American has lost 12 permanent teeth to decay, gum disease or injury. A few options for replacing a missing tooth include dental bridges, dental implants and partial dentures.

Health problems can occur with a missing tooth

The following is a list of some of the health problems that can happen to anyone when they are missing just one tooth.

Chewing problems

When just one tooth is missing chewing problems often occur. It is common for those who are missing a tooth to now chew on one side of their mouth. This can lead to more force being placed on those teeth, which can lead to losing a filling or breaking a tooth. It can also become more difficult to chew on hard and crunchy foods when missing a tooth. This makes it so that these foods are avoided, which can lead to a decline in nutrition.

Crooked teeth

When someone is missing one of their teeth they now have an empty space in their mouth, also known as a gap. This will eventually lead to a crooked teeth diagnosis as the neighboring teeth no longer have the tooth to rest up against. When someone has one or more gaps in their mouth they are going to be more prone to health problems. This is because bacteria and plaque thrive in gaps located in between the teeth.


Hypereruption is the term used to describe a tooth that is now beginning to grow into the gap caused by the missing tooth. When this happens it is only a matter of time before teeth problems, as well as gum problems, begin to cause dental health problems.

Have you recently lost one of your teeth?

Are you currently suffering from a missing tooth? Now that you understand the many various types of dental health problems that can occur when you are just missing one of your teeth, you need to take action by finding a tooth replacement option that works for you. There are a few different options for replacing a missing tooth making it so that you have choices and in order for you to understand the choices available to you, making an appointment with a dental professional is necessary.

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