"What happens if I don’t replace a missing tooth?"

Q: I need to have a tooth pulled, but the tooth is in the back so nobody will ever see it. Money is tight and I really can’t afford to get a bridge or an implant. What will happen if I don’t replace the missing tooth?

A: When a tooth is missing and you don’t fill the gap, your other teeth may begin to drift out of place, which can lead to crooked teeth and gaps in your smile. Plaque builds up in the widened spaces between the teeth, and left untreated it can lead to severe gum disease. Getting your missing tooth replaced now will be much less costly than what you’ll pay to repair the damage caused by that missing tooth later!

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees children and adults in Culver City and serves the greater Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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