Your entire body is designed to optimize efficiency, so when something significant changes (like losing one or more teeth), it can have farther reaching impacts than you might expect. Tooth loss in particular is a serious problem for more reasons than patients often realize, and to rebuild your smile, we’ll strive to address all of its many different consequences. Today, we take a look at three of the most notable aspects of tooth loss, and how dental implants can often offer the best solution for addressing them.
1. The cosmetic aspect
The first thing you may notice about your tooth loss is the absence of your teeth in the appearance of your smile. It’s also the only thing other people will notice, so naturally, the cosmetic aspect of tooth loss is often a significant one for patients who want to replace their teeth. The most attractive tooth replacement options are those that don’t stand out, but rather closely mimic and blend in with your healthy, natural teeth. Preferably, your replacement teeth should also include the sturdy and comfortable support that only root-like dental implant posts can provide.
2. The health and function aspects
Feeling confident in your smile’s appearance is important, but more importantly, your replacement teeth must also address the health and function aspects of tooth loss. That means being lifelike and sturdy enough to restore your bite’s balance, support your remaining healthy teeth, and stimulate your jawbone when you bite and chew (like healthy tooth roots). Dental implants, which mimic your healthy teeth roots, can offer the support your replacement teeth need to successfully restore these functions.
3. The long-term integrity aspect
Though less obvious at first, the long-term aspects of tooth loss can make it a significant problem well into the future. For example, when you lose a tooth root, your jawbone loses mass and density and your risks of more severe tooth loss rise dramatically. In addition to securing your restoration in place better than traditional methods, replacing lost teeth with dental implants also helps reestablish the support and stimulation needed to mitigate tooth loss’ long-term impacts.
Address all aspects of tooth loss with implants
When you experience tooth loss, the best way to recover from it is to address all of the ways in which it can affect your smile and oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.