Missing or severely decayed teeth can be detrimental to your oral health as well as your overall health. Missing teeth can lead to widespread dental misalignment. In turn, this may result in an imbalanced bite, which can be a major contributor to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
Meanwhile, severely decayed teeth can contribute to the development of gum disease, which can lead to gum recession and tooth loss. Gum disease has been linked to serious health conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Tooth extraction alone cannot fully restore the health of your smile since the jawbone will begin to recede in the absence of tooth roots.