The effects of missing teeth

Why tooth loss matters

A missing tooth or teeth can take away from the smile that’s really you, but tooth loss can have many negative effects on your oral health, including:

  • Bone loss
  • Shifting and drifting teeth
  • Bite changes
  • Chewing difficulty
  • Wearing down of remaining teeth
  • Changes in the jaw joint


Tooth roots transfer biting forces to the jaw. This keeps the bone healthy and intact.

When the root is missing,
the lack of applied force to
the bone may cause bone loss.


Since every surgical procedure carries potential risks, patients should always consult a dental professional to evaluate whether dental implants are the option for them.