Failing to replace lost teeth has consequences on the entire mouth
If the extracted teeth are NOT replaced prosthetically, it is very frequent that the adjacent teeth migrate towards the free space and that the antagonists become extruded, with what will be generated, with time:
- Defects in how the teeth fit together (intercuspation), which can cause problems with chewing and diseases in the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints or craniomandibular joint).
- If the gap does not close completely, it may be impossible to fit a prosthesis.
- This will also occur if any tooth from the opposite jaw grows into the gap and occupies the space.
- There may also be caries in the adjacent teeth or opposite tooth and its neighbours, due to mismatched contact points, causing food to become stuck.