Even a Few Missing Teeth Can Impact What Foods You Can Eat
Posted on 7/23/2019 by Rho Family Dentistry
If you've lost a tooth or two, you may at first think it's not that big of a deal. You may have plans to come in and get partial dentures or have an implant put in, but in the meantime, you figure you'll just chew on the other side of your mouth.
That way, nothing will really change with how you eat, right? The truth is that even a few missing teeth can greatly impact what you can eat.
Teeth Support Each Other
When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side of it lose the support they rely on to remain perfectly vertical. You may find that those teeth start to tip inward. This can lead to pain when chewing, and eventually, those teeth may become loose and fall out, too. You might not be able to really chew anything on that part of your mouth.
Other Teeth Have to Do Jobs They're Not Designed For
If you've lost a few of your large molars, you may end up chewing with teeth that aren't really made for chewing. Some teeth are shaped more for tearing into food, while others grind down what we eat. When you have to use different teeth for one of these jobs, it can put extra stress on them. It also makes it much more difficult to eat certain foods.
It Changes Your Bite
When you lose a few teeth, it can change your bite and how your teeth align. This can make it harder to eat some foods because your remaining teeth don't work in quite the same way they once did. You may find that you don't have the same amount of strength in your mouth that you once did, so it's more difficult to eat hard, crunchy foods.
If you've lost a few teeth, don't worry—we can help you with replacement options. Give us a call today to discuss your needs.