Can A Missing Tooth Cause A Change To The Bite?

Dr Butt, can a missing tooth cause a change to the bite? My right canine has been missing for 10 years but for the last 2 months my bite doesn’t feel right, I cannot chew properly and I fear the enamel on my molars is wearing. I wear a nightly Essix retainer to maintain the space and the denture in the day so I do not understand why this is happening. Should I consult my orthodontist about it as it is really worrying me? I’m not sure what I should do, I don’t know if this is truly happening and I just don’t understand why this is happening now when everything has been fine over the last 10 years. Can hormonal changes cause this? I’ve always taken care of my teeth, I just don’t understand. Thank you for any advice, many thanks again.
Hello and thank you for your question.Yes, a missing tooth can cause a change in your bite. Please consult your orthodontist to discuss your options. They’ll be able to advise you as I cannot really comment due to the fact that I am not seeing you in person. I hope this helps, regards. 
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