If you're missing a tooth in the back of your mouth, 'out of site out of mind' is not the adage that should think of. Perhaps 'a chain is only as strong as its weakest link' would be more appropriate.
Aside from the discomfort that can come with a missing tooth, there are other problems that result.
To start with, the tooth that was there acted as a place holder keeping other teeth from shifting. Without that tooth the surrounding teeth may move affecting your visible smile as well as causing the gums and neighboring teeth to become far more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
One of the solutions we can offer for patients missing teeth is called a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a false tooth that can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can do many things, including reducing your risk of gum disease, help to correct minor bite issues and can even improve your speech. The false tooth acts as place holder to avoid the shifting of other teeth, improve/maintain your oral health as well as protect the appearance of your smile.
If you're missing a tooth and have figured it was harmless until now, ask us if a dental bridge is right for you. Your smile will thank you.