Losses of a few teeth in any given segment of your mouth can lead to what’s known as drifting of neighbouring teeth, this is process of the surrounding teeth leaning over into the vacant space as a means of compensating for previous teeth have been lost.
Our teeth experience a constant tendency to shift both towards the opposing jaw and the front of our mouths unless of course they are stopped by something in the way (usually other opposing or adjacent teeth) The loss of opposing or adjacent teeth therefore allows teeth to move along with the aforementioned tendencies.
During this drifting process discrepancies in the contours and height of surrounding gum tissue can lead to a predisposition to dental decay and periodontal disease.
Food and Plaque are also able to accumulate in these areas and can prove to be relatively difficult to clean, this is a direct result from “piled up” gum tissue. Drifting teeth are also know to affect the occlusion (bite) and can be visually un-appealing.