Your teeth support your health and well-being. Missing teeth may affect the comfort and function of your mouth, your ability to eat a variety of nutritious foods as well as your speech. Gaps in the mouth can also cause esthetic changes as teeth shift to fill in the missing space.
In the event that you lose a tooth or need to have a tooth extracted it is recommended to replace the missing tooth. Tooth replacement options include a bridge , a partial denture and a dental implant.
In the event that a young child loses a tooth, a space maintainer may be recommended to 'hold' the place for the permanent tooth growing below. If this is not done, the baby teeth may shift, blocking the permanent tooth from growing in straight. This may affect the bite and further treatment, such as orthodontics, may be recommended to restore function to the mouth.