When your tooth is lost due to decay, gum disease, or other reasons, the adjacent teeth can start to migrate into that space. Furthermore the opposing teeth can drift into that space also. Soon enough, your teeth become miss-aligned and you have biting issues, leading to headaches or worse.
When multiple back teeth are lost and are not replaced, the facial dimensional proportion of the lower face becomes shorter. This leads to a squashed appearance not unlike a rotting apple, caving in on its self. Not only does a shortened lower face create esthetic issues (and wrinkles!), it can also cause pain in your jaw joint (TMJ).
Patient has a sunken appearance with no lip support and a collapsed bite.
The neighboring teeth have started to migrate into the empty area.
Call Dr. Huang at (703) 532-7586 to see what your options are for your missing teeth. Also, feel free to browse our Services Section to learn more about how we help our clients.