3 impacts of missing teeth in Beverly

Losing a tooth can be a cosmetic disaster if it is a tooth that shows when you smile., but missing teeth anywhere in your mouth can also cause oral health problems that you may not be aware of. An open space where there used to be a tooth can start a chain reaction of dental problems that can lead to crooked teeth, oral hygiene issues and even jaw problems.

1. One lost tooth can lead to problems

When just one tooth is lost, the foundation of your teeth is weakened. Other teeth can begin to shift out of place, beginning with the teeth that surround the space where the missing tooth used to be. If you lose a tooth in the back of your mouth and do not replace it, several years down the road you may find yourself with crooked teeth. Oral hygiene becomes complicated by missing teeth because cleaning gapped or crooked teeth can be difficult. Food particles left behind are a primary cause of gum disease, which can lead to tooth decay and the loss of more teeth.

2. TMJ disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorder can be caused by missing teeth or a misaligned bite. The jaws are designed to handle chewing action when the teeth are properly aligned. When they are not, extra stress is put on the jaw joints and muscles. TMJ disorder has painful symptoms including headaches, neck pain and even back pain.

3. Sleep problems

In addition to pain, TMJ disorder can affect your sleep. A misaligned bite can contribute to sleep apnea or snoring by causing you to hold your mouth in a position that lets your tongue fall back and block the air passageway.

The best way to replace a missing tooth

Problems caused by a missing tooth can be avoided by having the tooth replaced. Dentures involve wires or adhesive to hold them in place, and at one time, this inconvenience was the only way to replace a missing tooth. Today there is a better way. Dental implants are almost permanent tooth replacement option. Implants become a permanent part of your jaw through a process known as osseointegration. They function almost exactly like natural teeth, and there are no special cleaners or dental products required for them.

Learn more

If you would like to learn more about missing teeth, why they should be replaced and why implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth, call your Beverly dentist for a consultation appointment. Implants work best to replace teeth that have been recently lost, so if you already have missing teeth, make the call now.

Braces (Orthodontics)

Kid & Adult Braces (Orthodontics)

Have a Perfect Smile with Braces

Kid & Adult Braces (Orthodontics)

Have a Perfect Smile with Braces

Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan provides kid and adult braces in Beverly, MA

Have a Perfect Smile with Braces

Perfect smiles are often a source of envy for those of us who didn’t receive braces at a young age. We often believe that braces are no longer an option and that they might have too big of an impact on our current daily lives. In actuality, more and more adults are opting for perfect teeth and adult braces.

Why braces?

Various things can cause your teeth to become crooked or your jaws to be misaligned, including: crooked or crowded teeth, overbites or underbites, incorrect jaw position and disorders of the jaw joints. If left untreated these problems can become more serious, resulting in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches, earaches, and speaking, biting or chewing problems. Orthodontic techniques and technology have advanced significantly within the last decade. It not only takes less time until you can show off that perfect smile, but it’s a much less noticeable process.


Orthodontic procedures are complex processes which is why it’s important to see a dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan. In most cases, the dentist will need to make a plaster cast of the individual’s teeth and perform full X-rays of the head and mouth. After orthodontic appliances are placed, they need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into their correct position. Retainers are used following the braces to ensure that the teeth remain in position.

Aesthetic and Comfort Issues

Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with braces. Today they are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials. The braces are attached to the teeth via a bonding agent, which is completely removable after the process. Since orthodontic appliances need to be regularly adjusted they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort will quickly subside following each adjustment.

Hygiene issues around kid and adult braces in Beverly, MA

People who wear braces must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not get trapped in the network of brackets and wires. Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. Some people with orthodontic appliances can benefit from using water picks, which emit small pressurized bursts of water that can effectively rinse away such debris.


You and your child are probably going to have all sorts of questions on when to best obtain the braces, how long the process will take, and of course if they’ll affect school pictures. If you need more information about kid or adult braces, Beverly MA dentist Dr. Ben Polan has the answers. His primary goal is to make sure that nobody is left in the dark and that everyone is at ease during all stages of the process.

Life transforming dental solutions

By Beverly MA Dentist Dr. Benjamin Polan