2. OVER ERUPTION
3. BONE LOSS
4. CHANGE IN BITE
The gap results in imbalanced forces within the bite itself forcing patients to change their jaw posture to cope with chewing and this can lead to TMJ problems which come in the form of: tooth fractures (due to the fact of undesirable force balances within the bite), grinding because of ‘displaced’ teeth, headaches and ear aches.
Our teeth are also like nutcrackers, they are designed to have more force distributed amongst the back teeth as they are much larger teeth than front teeth and they are more anchored – having 2-3 roots compared to 1 root for the front teeth. Once we lose back teeth, we still bite and chew with the same amount of force but onto the front teeth which have less chewing surface area! As you can imagine the greater force on a smaller surface area tends to cause more wear and fractures or cracks to occur.
5. INCREASED FORCE
6. Altered Facial Appearance:
7. Nutritionary Deficiency
8: Speech Problems
If you have problems with your dentition, such as missing or misaligned teeth, you will likely have a speech impairment that makes it difficult for others to understand you. Crooked and incorrectly placed teeth can also impact speech by causing lisps due to air being sucked in through gaps between them.
Dentures are a common tooth replacement option, but they don’t always help with speech since they slip, preventing the tongue from forming the necessary phonetic sounds. They might even fall out while you’re speaking, which is embarrassing. Furthermore, because dentures are not permanent, jaw disintegration can continue, and the resulting bone loss may obstruct someone’s ability to talk.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are a long-term option that enhances speech by allowing you to speak naturally.