If you are embarrassed to smile due to the “snaggle-tooth” look of missing teeth, then you should consult with Dr. Rupesh Singla at Singla Dental regarding cosmetic dentistry. You may be a good candidate for dental bridge work. Your smile suffers when the gaps caused by missing teeth occur in your smile area. Those gaps may not affect your smile when they occur between back teeth, but they do affect your ability to chew your food properly.
Missing teeth cause a variety of problems in addition to spoiling your appearance. Your facial muscles are supported by your teeth. When teeth are missing, your face assumes a sunken look. The more teeth you have missing, the more your face seems to sag. This can make you look years beyond your actual age.
The teeth next to the vacant area also go through changes over time. They can rotate out of alignment, shift or lean into the vacant space. The slow movement of these teeth can cause other teeth to slowly move out of position also causing small gaps between teeth. These tiny gaps can become food traps where bacteria begin to build up creating a ripe environment for dental decay and gum disease. Spaces between back teeth make chewing certain foods more difficult because you are missing the proper surface area for chewing. Consequently foods are not properly broken down into the small bits that make digestion easier. Your body has a more difficult time absorbing all the nutrients from the foods you ingest.