When our teeth come through, some of them are smooth whilst others, like our back molars, have pits and fissures on their surfaces. These irregularities are very difficult to clean, especially for our children, as food and bacteria become deeply embedded in the grooves, causing decay to develop and cavities to form.
When a tooth is missing, it really is a missing piece of the puzzle. It’s like knocking a brick out of a wall – at first nothing happens, but soon external forces, gravity included, will cause the wall to tumble.
Same with teeth! The teeth on either side of the gap will collapse inwards and the opposing teeth will start to move.