Three Important Reasons Why You Should Replace Missing Teeth


Generally, when you have a tooth removed the dentist will talk to you about replacing it. At that point, spending more money and having more dental work done is likely the last thing on your mind. Some of you may even wonder if it is just a “sales pitch” so the dentist can make more money.

The truth is that replacing a tooth that has been lost is very important and protects your remaining teeth, as well as the joint that works your jaw. Here are a few of the reasons why you may want to take the dentist’s recommendations seriously:

Missing Teeth Put Other Teeth in Jeopardy: Dentists will tell you that when you lose one tooth, the neighboring teeth are likely to be next. Upper teeth will literally grow out of the bone looking for the missing tooth they were meant to chew against. Teeth on either side of a space where a tooth has been removed will tip into the space, pulling their roots out of the jaw bone. Your teeth all work together in a balanced system and replacing lost teeth will restore and protect that healthy balance.

Missing Teeth Can Cause TMJ and Joint Problems: Teeth that have shifted or are not in alignment can cause stress and strain on the joint that works your jaw. Patients with these joint issues often suffer with chronic pain and treatment can be complicated and expensive.

Missing Teeth Can Impact Your Health: Chewing is the first phase of the digestive process. When your food is not chewed properly you may not be able to absorb it’s nutrients and will be more at risk for digestive upsets.

Replacing missing teeth is easy with the many options that are now available:

We encourage you to restore balance to your mouth by replacing any teeth that have been removed. If you are in the Knoxville area, we would love to help you.  (865) 922-1613

The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth

Tooth tipping into empty space

When you lose a tooth it is easy to think of it as an isolated incident.  It wasn’t fun and doesn’t make you feel good, but everything is okay now.  Right?

Maybe not.  There may be some hidden consequences you haven’t thought of.

In most cases it is recommended that extracted teeth be replaced.  The most common ways to do this are with implants, fixed bridges, dentures, and partial dentures.  We also have ways to get you by on a more temporary basis, if you have to postpone treatment.

Dentists know that the tooth system is dynamic and one change can throw off the balance of the entire system. When there is an empty space in your mouth the teeth around it actually move into it looking for the tooth they are meant to connect with.  They often tip over or grow out of the bone, putting these teeth at risk of being the next ones to be lost.

Neighboring teeth can also be damaged by the stress of compensating for missing teeth and misaligned teeth hitting each other in the wrong places can suffer fractures and other damage. The TMJ joint where the upper and lower jaws meet can become inflamed and painful, as well as experiencing unusual wear and tear.


Missing teeth can be a cosmetic issue even if they are not visible when you smile.  Your face can look thin and gaunt when your cheeks are no longer supported by teeth. If you are missing several teeth your bite can collapse, causing your face to shorten with it, making you look older than you are.

The last concern about missing teeth we want to share with you here is a serious one.  When missing teeth impact the ability to chew food well, your digestive system is not able to break down nutrients as it is meant to.  This is especially important for older adults and can impact their health in a negative way.  Even if you are younger you will want to prevent heading down this path.

Here is the good news!

If you are missing teeth, and live in the Knoxville area, we can help.  Dr. Smith is an expert at finding the perfect solution for restoring your mouth to health and giving you a great smile at the same time.

Call (865) 922-1613 to schedule your consultation.  We will be happy to help you.