Consequences of tooth loss II

Consequences of tooth loss II
The loss of a tooth gives rise to a significant disequilibrium in the masticatory system. A tooth remains in its position thanks to the support given by neighboring teeth, the antagonist tooth and contact with the tongue and cheeks. When a tooth is lost, the posterior tooth begins to deviate forwards and the anterior tooth backwards, and the opposing tooth begins to extrude. This leads to the loss of the point of contact of the teeth, generating gingival and periodontal problems between neighboring teeth. In this way, dental loss that started with a single tooth extends to the other teeth (6).

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