Our adult teeth are meant to last us for a long time, as there are no naturally growing replacements. However, missing teeth is a frequently observed phenomenon in adults. According to the ADA, the average adult has at least 5 teeth missing. Missing back teeth can impact our ability to chew and digest food; missing front teeth can affect our ability to speak clearly, and can greatly impact our self-confidence.
The top three reasons for missing teeth are gum disease, dental decay and trauma. Older generations tend to lose teeth due to gum disease or extensive decay, while younger people may be more prone to trauma such as skiing accidents, contact ball sports or high-speed motor vehicle accidents. Some people have genetically missing teeth, which is a condition called hypodontia. Regardless of the reason, a missing front tooth can affect your ability to eat and speak, and negatively impacts on your social confidence. Missing back teeth can result in poor chewing ability and even affect your general digestive health in the long run.