Missing teeth pose a threat to your oral health, and for patients with gum disease, that can mean adding extra complications to an already complex treatment plan. The easiest way to minimize the problems associated with missing teeth due to gum disease is to work with your dentist to coordinate the placement of dental implants as soon as possible when you lose teeth. Risks of Missing Teeth As soon as you lose teeth, permanent changes begin in your mouth. Luckily, it takes some time for them to become visible. The longer you wait to replace those teeth, the more visible the changes, and the more they accelerate. Those changes include: Misalignment of remaining teeth Wider spacing to take advantage of the new room in the jaw Bite related issues from movement in the teeth on just the upper or lower jaw Gum tissue loss Jawbone loss In addition to those permanent problems, missing teeth provide gaps where tender gum tissue can be irritated by foods, and tough to chew foods can be hard ...