It’s easy to see why people would be anxious to replace a missing front tooth where the gap is embarrassingly noticeable when they smile.
But what about a missing back tooth?
Did you know that each time you lose a tooth, about 10% of your chewing ability is lost with it? To fill that space, the teeth surrounding it tend to tilt over toward that gap. As they fall over, the adjacent teeth spread apart so decay and gum disease can more easily set in. In addition, the collapse in the bite can be associated with changes in facial profile and TMJ or bite problems. [Read more…]