Why replace a missing tooth?
Many people want to know why it is necessary to replace a missing tooth. After all, we have 32 of them, and a few missing here and there is not going to reduce chewing efficiency?
Here on this page we are going to discuss why we need to replace a missing tooth space in our mouth and what happens if we do not replace the missing tooth space.
Whenever there is a missing tooth in an arch, the opposing tooth will start erupting to fill the gap of that tooth till the time it meets the opposing tooth. In doing so:
- It will over erupt.
- Create gaps between itself and the adjoining teeth, leading to pockets and food entrapment there.
- The tooth will also lose bone support and can be mobile.
- The tooth adjacent to the missing tooth will tilt forward.