Tooth loss is more common than you might expect. Research shows that as many as 120 million people in the U.S are missing at least one adult tooth, and this number is expected to rise during the next decade. There are many reasons why someone might lose a tooth, but decay, gum disease, and injury are three of the most common causes.
Losing even just one tooth can have a significant impact on your day to day life. Depending on the location of the gap in your smile, you may find your missing tooth impairs your ability to bite or chew your food as you would usually. You may even find that it affects the way that you form sounds when you speak. Unsurprisingly, the more teeth that are missing, the greater the effect it will have on your ability to use them. The psychological effect of missing teeth can be substantial too, with many people becoming self-conscious or even ashamed of how their teeth look with gaps in them.