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Published on: August 15, 2014
In modern dentistry, pulling teeth is a rarity. The emphasis nowadays is on conservative dentistry, and teeth can usually be preserved. Sometimes, of course, if a disease or some other situation makes it impossible to save a tooth, it has to be removed. That leaves a gap.
Many people who have a tooth removed find that after a few days, maybe a week, the gap ceases to trouble them. They can eat quite well, and if the tooth was at the back, there is no aesthetic problem either. A surprising number of people do not even worry about gaps in their front teeth!
So why is replacement so important? It is NOT just to keep dentists and dental technicians in business!
One reason is the disruption to imperfect chewing. After a while, this is very likely to cause digestive problems and disorders in the digestive organs.
Another reason is that the teeth on each side of the gap start to lean inwards, which means they no longer stand straight. In the same way, tooth opposite the gap – above or below it – starts to grow outwards. This upsets the bite or “articulation”, causing more problems for chewing food. The next problem is that the teeth cannot “grow”.
This means that as they move into the opposite gap, they rise out of the jawbone, and less of the tooth is in the bone. This causes the tooth – or teeth – to loosen and eventually fall out. So you start to lose your teeth one by one.
To prevent his, missing teeth have to be replaced in some form. This is something to discuss with a well-qualified dentist. After carefully considering the options, you must go ahead and get the tooth replaced. What that is like, how you get used to it, and other questions, we will return to later.