It can be embarrassing to smile or talk to others when you have missing teeth, but did you know your oral health could also be negatively impacted by tooth loss? Here are three surprising ways missing teeth can impact your health, and why you may want to consider replacing your lost teeth with dental implants.   1.       Changes to Your Bite   When you lose a tooth, it’s natural for the teeth around the empty tooth socket to shift toward the gap. Over time, the shifting of your teeth can cause your top and bottom teeth to fit together unnaturally. Bite changes can make it more difficult to eat and can even cause strain on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). To keep your bite the way it is now, it’s important to have your missing teeth replaced as quickly as possible.   2.       Bone Loss   Your jaw bone requires consistent stimulation to remain strong and healthy. Tooth roots provide stimulation to the jaw bon ...