Welcome to Dentistinfo. One question we receive consistently is why should I replace a missing tooth?
Once a tooth is lost the teeth start to shift, this make take some time to notice but it happens fairly rapidly. After a few years the size of the opening has closed dramatically. What used to be a fantastic smile is a gapped hole smirk. Some just prefer not to smile big anymore because they are self-conscious of their looks. The cheeks or the lips can appear sunken in. You may speak differently and sound differently. What once was a stable bite is now changing.