How Missing Teeth Change Your Life


If you want to feel and look your best, then you have to take the time to take good care of your teeth. Failing to do so could end up with you having to undergo various procedures to repair them. Even worse, you might end up needing to have a tooth extracted entirely, a situation that can change your life permanently. Few people truly understand the important role that every single tooth in their mouth plays until they lose one. Let’s take a look at the importance of natural teeth and how losing even one can change your life.

Tooth Extractions

The first thing to keep in mind is that tooth extractions are made only after all attempts to save the tooth have failed. We want to keep your natural teeth in your mouth at all costs. When a tooth is just too damaged or too decayed to stay, however, we have no choice but to pull the tooth from your mouth. You will likely have a recovery time of three to four weeks. The process is comparable to having wisdom teeth removed, regarding both aftercare and the kind of wound that is left over.

Drifting and Breaking

After you have had a tooth removed, you might be surprised to see the rest of your teeth slowly begin to migrate around to fill up space. With the extra room, your remaining teeth don’t know what to do. They end up spreading out, which might not seem like such a bad thing until you start to experience an altered bite that leaves you with a sore jaw and even sorer teeth. Even worse is the fact that allowing those teeth to migrate leaves your mouth with unevenly spaced teeth, which increases the chances of breaking your teeth dramatically.

Think of what happens when you take a fall and land on your legs and bottom. The force that goes through your body when you meet the ground is somewhat evenly distributed thanks to the amount of your body that absorbed it. The impact travels across the surface of your body and becomes a little less intense with every inch. Now think about what happens when you fall and land entirely on your wrist. That same impact is all focused onto one point of your body, leaving you much more likely to end up with fractured or broken bones. The same concept holds true with your teeth. When your bite is no longer even, the remaining teeth are at an increased risk of breaking.

Loss of Function

Do not underestimate how important every one of your teeth is when it comes to eating and speaking. The loss of even one can leave you with the inability to easily speak with your loved ones or even eat your favorite foods.

For more information about missing teeth and how they can impact your life – as well as discuss replacement options that will help you maintain your smile and the function of your mouth – contact Pickens Family Dentistry today at (360) 447-6355!
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