Our adult teeth are meant to last us for a long time, as there are no naturally growing replacements. However, missing teeth is frequently seen in adults. According to the Australian Dental Association, the average adult has at least 5 teeth missing. Missing back teeth can impact our ability to chew and digest food; missing front teeth can affect our ability to speak clearly, and can greatly impact our self-confidence.
The top three reasons for missing teeth are gum disease, dental decay and trauma. Generally speaking, the older generations tend to lose teeth due to gum disease or extensive decay, while younger people may be more prone to trauma such as skiing accidents, contact ball sports or high-speed motor vehicle accidents. Some people have genetically missing teeth, which is a condition called hypodontia. Regardless of the reason, a missing front tooth can affect your ability to eat and speak, and may impact your social confidence. Missing back teeth can result in poor chewing ability and even affect your general digestive health in the long run.
When left alone for long enough, the bone supporting the tooth is lost, which means that replacing it could eventually become impossible. Furthermore, tooth loss can lead to further gum disease and tooth decay. It can also impact the position of your other teeth, as they can shift into the gap that has been left behind.
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