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Missing Teeth: Why You Should Replace Them

There can be many reasons for missing permanent teeth in children and adults including genetics and extraction. Missing teeth can cause problems if they are not replaced properly. For one, having a full complement of teeth allows the forces that occur from chewing to be evenly distributed. When you are missing teeth, the remaining teeth experience a greater force per tooth and this can weaken how strong your teeth are within your jawbone. Without replacing the missing teeth, adjacent teeth can drift into the space and the supporting bone where the tooth was will shrink. The most commonly missing permanent teeth are wisdom teeth, occurring in about 20% of the population. This does not make

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