One missing tooth, or several missing teeth, are not only a problem of aesthetics, but also many disadvantageous consequences.
Dental prosthetics deals with the recreation of the correct conditions of the bite after the loss of natural teeth or in case of significant damage to these.
The removal of a tooth is the last resort, which, however, cannot always be avoided. If one is missing one tooth or several teeth, then the issue is not only one of aesthetics, but can have varying consequences, including:
- leaning of the teeth neighbouring the gap
- excess abrasion of natural teeth as a result of takeover of additional forces during biting – the more holes in the bite, the faster the problem will progress
- the loss of bone material, and in conjunction, a change in the shape of the gums, and, with time, also the features of the face,
- difficulties in pronunciation and digestion caused by incomplete chewing and limitations in the eating of specific meals,
- difficulties of the temporomandibular joint due to a lowering of the bite height at the location of the leaning teeth.