• Dr. Johnson Ozgur

Why Replace Missing Teeth: Benefits and Treatment Options

Most people lose teeth due to trauma, injury, gum disease, or dental cavities. Tooth loss can undermine your smile, erode self-esteem, and put your life at risk. But you can avoid all these issues by replacing missing teeth.

What age do adult teeth fall out?

According to CDA, 6.4% of Canadians have no natural teeth. CDC data indicates that 7% of teens and 69% of adults aged 35-44 years have lost a permanent tooth. On average, Americans lose around 12 teeth by the age of 50. And 26% of seniors have lost all their natural teeth. You can lose your adult teeth at any age.


Why replacing missing teeth is important?

Your teeth play a critical role in aesthetics, nutrition, and overall health. Here are five reasons why you should always replace missing teeth:


Aesthetics:

A gap between your front teeth can undermine your smile. And there’s more. Your charming smile defines your identity. To protect your smile and identity, replace missing teeth.


Self-esteem:

Tooth loss can undermine self-esteem and make you smile less often. You’ll be less confident to open your mouth, laugh, or speak. To boost your self-esteem, replace missing teeth.


Function:

Each tooth in your mouth has a specific job, from biting, chewing, and grinding. You won’t enjoy balanced diets with nuts and seeds if you’re missing several teeth. Also, teeth may shift to the missing teeth areas and this may end up with functional TMJ problems.


Oral hygiene and health:

Gaps left by missing teeth can accumulate food debris and encourage plaque and tartar buildup. Bacteria can colonize these spaces, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Replace missing teeth to protect your health.


Speech:

Your teeth influence your pronunciations and tonal variations. Some people struggle to pronounce simple words after losing several teeth. To restore your oratory skills, replace missing teeth.