Common causes of missing teeth include gum disease, tooth decay, and injury. It is possible for some people to also be born with missing teeth. The condition of congenitally missing teeth is often hereditary and second premolars, upper lateral incisors, and wisdom teeth are common types of teeth that are usually absent. 

Risks of Missing teeth

Missing teeth can result in serious health issues. Poor oral health may result from food being improperly chewed, and gaps in teeth may also cause speech impediments. All teeth are required to stay intact in order to prevent other teeth from moving. The movement in teeth can cause increased gaps in some areas and overcrowding in others. Both the conditions can cause severe bite problems which require an orthodontic procedure. 

A single missing tooth can cripple the entire structure of the mouth, resulting in an increased tooth loss. Missing teeth can also lower self-esteem, especially if they are located in areas that are easily visible. 

Causes of Missing Teeth

Ectodermal dysplasia

Ectodermal dysplasia, an inherited disorder, can also cause missing teeth. Children who are treated by dentists at an earlier age have an increased chance of resolving these problems. The dentist can draw an early plan to tackle the dental problems even before the permanent teeth have come in. 


Tooth loss is also called caused by tooth decay that is a result of the gum disease, gingivitis. These conditions arise when teeth and gums aren’t given proper care. If teeth aren’t cleaned properly, tartar and plaque may develop, causing the teeth to decay and gums to deteriorate, which will eventually lead to teeth falling out. Good oral hygiene can prevent this damage.

Proper dental care comprises of brushing your teeth twice every day and flossed once a day. Getting a regular professional cleaning done at least twice a year at your local dental clinic is also very important to remove tartar and plaque.

Temporomandibular Joint

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can also lead to tooth loss. The joint attaches the jaw to the skull, failing to function properly will cause pain. The symptoms of TMJ include pain in the joint, clicking sounds when moving your jaw, and difficulty in chewing. 


Sports and automobile injuries may also result in tooth loss. A collision can cause a hard blow and knocks out teeth. Injuries may also affect the jawbone and gums, which in turn, may result in a tooth loss. Injuries that are results of unfortunate accidents may be hard to prevent. However, sports injuries can be averted with the use of protective gear, such as helmet and mouth guard. A custom-made mouthguard protects the teeth well and should be worn while practicing and playing any contact sport. 

We are fortunate to live in the times of advanced technology. Excellent dentists can replace your teeth and provide you with the help you need to recover. 

KR Dental Clinic

If you are suffering from any dental problems, book an appointment at KR Dental Clinic, Oshawa’s local provider for all dental services. The team of 10 dentists and 25 dental hygienists strive to give you top-notch treatment and best customer service. 

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