A member asked:

I am 46. some theets are missing in my mouth (3). should i replace them? can i live without 3 theets without the ridk of missing others?

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Dr. David Chrisman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Yes: Anyone can live without teeth but it is the quality of life that disappears with the teeth. Speech difficulties, poor digestion, changes in diet, postural changes (descending support issues), less facial support, and maybe most important poorer airway support. The more teeth missing the more the tendency towards these problems. It's a slippery slope when you begin loosing your teeth.

Answered 5/30/2013

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