Missing teeth can cause a number of oral health concerns that go beyond the cosmetic. When a tooth has been extracted or lost due to decay, the teeth that are adjacent to the gap left behind often shift toward the open gap. This can have an impact on tooth alignment, as well as on the strength and integrity of your bite.
This resulting misalignment can mean that there are more spaced for food particles to become wedged, and can contribute to seeing an increase in tooth decay. The altered bite and also make it more of a challenge to chew, and can also start to impact speech.
Even the loss of one tooth can lead to some serious dental concerns. Dental bridges, custom-made to fit your mouth, can offer a solution to those missing teeth and other related dental concerns.