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If you’ve recently lost a tooth, you may be wondering if you need to replace it right away or if you can wait. Besides the obvious inconvenience and embarrassment tooth loss can cause, you should also know that leaving a missing tooth untreated can lead to a variety of oral health problems. Here are a few of the top risks associated with missing teeth, and how dental implants can help you avoid these risks.
The way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you close your mouth is often referred to as your “bite”. When your bite is off, it can make it more difficult for you to speak and chew. A misaligned bite can also cause strain and discomfort in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfortunately, if you are missing teeth and don’t seek treatment, the remaining teeth in your mouth will slowly start to shift and fill in the gaps left by the missing teeth. Over time, shifting of the teeth will cause your bite to change. If you receive dental ...
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