Why healthy teeth are so vital

Many factors may contribute towards losing a tooth, such as trauma (accident), tooth decay, habits, diet, periodontal diseases, congenital absence (born without the tooth) or a lack of oral hygiene(5,6). But the reality is that, whatever the reason, the tooth has to be replaced for both aesthetic and functional reasons.

Changes on jaw bone and gum

In healthy teeth, the root transmits the force of chewing to the alveolar bone. The teeth remain stable and there are no great changes. But when we lose a tooth, beyond compromising the stability of the adjacent teeth, a process of bone loss begins, called resorption.
The teeth naturally receive the force of chewing and, in their absence, the bone ceases to receive stimulation, causing its resorption in height and length. Initially, it may not seem all that serious to leave the tooth’s space unfilled, but, as time passes, major changes can take place.

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