A frequent question that is often asked of dentists is a patient wondering if there are any consequences to tooth loss. Many times, this question is asked when the patient is facing a situation where a tooth is hurting and they are pondering whether to have the tooth pulled or invest in saving it. After all, the age old discussion starts with the fact that we have 32 teeth, “so what if I pull one?”
Generally speaking, teeth work as a team. Think of your mouth as a tight-knit family that run a successful business together. Each person of a family is dear and each has a specific role in helping the business thrive. If one person doesn’t show up, or quits, it’s tough to replace that member. Teeth work similarly.