Why should I replace a missing tooth?

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After there is an unfortunate loss of a tooth the bone in the area that the tooth once occupied begins to shrink. The teeth surrounding the space left by the missing tooth can lean and drift into the space at angles that can cause bite problems and damage to the remaining teeth. If the missing tooth is on the lower jaw, the upper tooth that opposed the now missing tooth will continue to drift down or super erupt causing bite problems and exposing root structure that is more susceptible to decay and it can even drift so much as to bite into the lower gums. Essentially you lose the function of two teeth not just one. When you don’t replace a missing tooth, it can really have a domino effect in your mouth. 

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