Teeth like to be touching each other, so if you extract a tooth and do not replace it in time, the surrounding teeth will fall toward the hole and the teeth opposite the hole will super-erupt. When that happens, it can cause premature loss of additional teeth. So it’s important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. Missing teeth can also affect your occlusion.
Although you lose teeth, you still have the same amount of muscles, which means that you continue to chew with the same amount of force, regardless of how many teeth you have. As a result, the exerted force will affect your other teeth in a negative fashion.
Applying more force leads to more cracks and more breakage of the remaining teeth. So it’s harmful to your occlusion. If you lose a tooth, you should see your dentist as soon as possible to discuss ways of getting a replacement, which could be a denture, a dental implant, or other method. Generally speaking, a missing tooth or teeth should be replaced as soon as possible, except wisdom teeth.
Nowadays, as our diet has become more refined and less coarse through the process of evolution, we need fewer teeth. So the human jaw size is becoming smaller and do not have enough room for wisdom teeth or third molars. This means that if your wisdom teeth are extracted, it will make no difference to you.
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Dr. Elmira Abraamyan has dedicated the past 16 years to her family and her practice.
She has extensive training in all facets of dentistry.
She has been in private practice in Sacramento since 1995.
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