Dr. Pooja Jain
Dental Surgeon and Implantologist
BDS (Hons.) (MAMC - Gold Medalist), PGCOI (Dental Implants)
(Ex Dental Surgeon Moolchand MedCity and Lok Nayak Hospital)
D-138, 1st Floor East of Kailash, New Delhi -110 065
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
When a tooth is removed (or falls out) it leaves an empty space not just in your smile, but also in your gum. When pressure is applied to the remaining teeth (by chewing), they’ll start to move into the empty space left from the missing tooth. As you can imagine, this isn’t a good thing — the healthy teeth will start to fall at odd angles, and this leads to change in original position of teeth in the adjoining area. This eventually lead to compromise in the health of those teeth
Needless to say, it won’t be pretty. Plus it will hurt.
In addition to tilting teeth and additional tooth loss, missing teeth will also impact your ability to chew normally, deteriorate your smile, and cause teeth on the opposite jaw to grow longer. Missing teeth also contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Thus missing teeth not only harms physically but also affects the person socially and psychologically.
There are three basic ways to fix a missing tooth or teeth:
• A fixed bridge
• A removable appliance (dentures)
• A dental implant
Benefits of Replacing a Tooth Immediately: A tooth should be replaced as soon as it is lost. This will retain your oral health by preventing bone loss, reducing movement of surrounding teeth and thereby avoiding the decay of adjoining teeth.