Once a tooth is missing, the bone that used to support that tooth begins to erode away. Additionally, the teeth adjacent and opposing the missing tooth can begin to move. Typically, the tooth behind the missing one will begin to tip forward into the space that used to be occupied by the missing tooth. This can lead to difficult-to-clean pockets around the adjacent teeth and further complicate future tooth replacement. The opposing teeth can also begin to migrate -- they search for a tooth to chew against. This can negatively impact the harmony of the biting surfaces when chewing and lead to interferences with a normal bite.
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