1) A missing tooth is esthetically unpleasing & tends to make you look older.
2) Depending on its location a missing tooth can cause your cheek to cave inwards in that area.
3) The teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth often start to shift into the empty area. These teeth when tipped can cause periodontal problem areas in the bone.
4) As the adjacent teeth shift, then the next teeth also tend to shift creating a mouth full of spaces.
5) The opposing tooth will tend to grow down or up (depending on which arch the missing tooth is in)until that tooth touches one of the other teeth. This will cause a problem with your occlusion & pose problems when you finally decide that you want to replace the missing tooth. There won’t be enough room to place a normal-sized replacement tooth.
6) When one tooth hangs down below the rest of the teeth, your smile will be uneven & not attractive.
You should always try to replace a missing tooth if possible with either an implant & crown (preferred) or a bridge or a removable partial denture.
Carrol Fenn, DDS
1) Your upper teeth may be flared out with lots of spacing present. If that is the case, then closing those spaces in a certain way will correct your problem.
2) Your problem may be caused by a dental problem requiring us to move the teeth in each jaw in a certain way to correct the excess overbite. You may or may not require extractions.
3) You may have a true jaw discrepancy. Your upper jaw may be too big OR your lower jaw may be too small. Each problem requires a different solution.
The best thing for you to do is visit the orthodontist (a specialist in orthodontics) and have a complete examination performed. Orthodontic records (X-rays, photos, impressions, or scans) will probably suggested to receive an exact diagnosis & a treatment plan. You will probably be given some different options of treatment.
Good luck achieving a beautiful smile. It’s definitely worth the time & finances that you will invest.
1) An oral fungal infection such as Candida, requiring an anti-fungal medicine
2) Oral leukoplakia
3) Lichen planus - may require a steroid spray
4) Oral injury
5) Syphilis - antibiotic such as penicillin if you aren’t allergic to it
7) Many other oral problems
1) Does your wisdom tooth have enough room to erupt completely or will it remain partially impacted? Many people do not have enough room for a wisdom tooth to fully erupt.
2) Is there an eruption cyst involved?
3) Will it be easy to keep clean?
4) Is there decay present?
5) Once erupted, will it occlude with a tooth in the opposing arch? If the opposing tooth is completely missing, then you risk over-eruption of the existing wisdom tooth.
6) If you are dealing with a lower wisdom tooth, are it’s roots wrapped around the inferior dental nerve?
You can see by the answer that an X-ray or at least a physical exam is required to determine the need for extraction. Please see a dentist to have an X-ray taken to determine the need for an extraction.
Carrol Fenn, DDS
(1) Floss your teeth DAILY.
(2) Use a Waterpik water flosser at least once daily. It's an easy, but effective way to improve cleaning your teeth & improve your gingival health.
(3) Rinse with full-strength Listerine for 1-2 minutes after completing your oral hygiene regime. Listerine helps to kill the bacteria that cause gingival inflammation & infections.