When teeth are missing, several issues may surface. There is of course the obvious aesthetic concern if the missing tooth was at a visible position when one speaks or laughs. There may also be other consequences which may hinder oral balance and health. It can also affect the way the rest of your teeth bite together. Your remaining teeth may tilt and drift into the gaps and food can get trapped in the spaces, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
When the bite changes, this could also lead to jaw joint problems, which may be irreversible. When many teeth are missing, your facial muscles can be affected, causing a change in your speech and appearance. Historically, large gaps in the mouth have also been psychologically linked to low socio-economic level.
Replacement teeth are made to match the color of your adjacent teeth as closely as possible, weather they are natural teeth, crowns or veneers made as part of your new smile’s design.