Why replace missing teeth?
Dental professionals, dentists and hygienists know that occlusion and the correct functioning of our teeth are of great importance for the oral health of any person. Losing a tooth means breaking the stability of the stomatognathic system, and although sometimes it is not perceived - as we do not notice an excessive lack of chewing - it does have serious long-term consequences:
1. Chewing difficulty
When we lose a tooth, we lose the function of its two antagonist teeth (the ones that 'clash' with it). This is because the teeth engage against two of the opposing arch.
2. Loss of bone structure associated with the missing tooth.
The bone of the alveolar process (bone that supports the tooth) depends on the tooth it supports, so when the organ (the tooth) is lost, the function is lost and the bone atrophies.
3. Dental movements.
The presence of a gap in the mouth means that the surrounding teeth tend to occupy it. The teeth that were in contact with it are extruded, causing food packing, possible caries, periodontal problems (supporting tissues of the tooth, including gum, bone and ligaments) and even the loss of an opposing tooth.
In addition, in the case of neighbouring teeth, inclination occurs, which results in the same consequences as the front teeth, so that the loss of a tooth has important consequences not only on the ability to chew or on this tooth itself, but also on the rest of the teeth, so that replacing them is increasingly important, and that in Murcia must always be done through specialised dental clinics.