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Should a missing a tooth be replaced?
When a tooth is missing the adjacent teeth try to compensate. This involves drifting of the tooth in front and the tooth behind the space. In addition the tooth above the space will start to erupt downward. Consequences of this movement if uncorrected over a long period of time are:

1. Severe bite problems which ultimately could lead to clicking of the jaw, headaches or muscle spasm.

2. Difficult areas to keep clean which could lead to periodontal (gum) disease and/or tooth decay.

Unless you are a patient of Dr. Landin's and have seen him very recently, this should not be construed as dental advice but only as information. Please consult your own dentist in regard to your personal situation or condition.

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