Keep your teeth intact
Missing teeth are commonly caused by the advanced stages of gum disease. It’s when chronic bacteria destroys the structures around your teeth, including the periodontal ligament, and the supporting bone. If damaged badly enough, it can even destroy the integrity of your tooth, which may have to be extracted by a trained professional.
What are the problems?
Losing teeth to gum disease doesn’t only affect your smile, it also has a major impact on the function and shape of your mouth. The loss of one more tooth can have the following long-term effects:
- It can drastically alter the shape and look of your jaw and face.
- It can create gaps in your teeth that hinder your ability to eat certain types of food.
- It can change the look of your smile and affect your self-confidence.
- It can cause other teeth to shift/drift position.