There are several reasons why it’s important to prevent the loss of your natural teeth, or to address tooth loss as soon as possible if it occurs. Most important, however, is the fact that losing an adult tooth is permanent, and the consequences of it will continue to affect your smile until you actively take steps to address them (namely, by replacing the lost tooth). Today, we take a look at a few ways in which tooth loss changes your smile forever, and how the right lifelike dental restoration can help you regain its good health and confidence.
The tooth’s structure is lost for good
It may seem like an obvious point to make, but the fact that your adult tooth is lost for good can have several implications that aren’t so obvious. For example, in addition to the visible structure of a tooth (called its crown), you also lose the root part of the structure that’s supposed to rest within your jawbone structure. The loss of this part of your tooth can have multiple impacts on your remaining teeth and the integrity of your jawbone, and these impacts can have a continuous negative impact on your oral health.
The rest of your smile reacts poorly
Though it may not occur immediately, your remaining healthy teeth and supportive oral structures react poorly to the loss of even a single tooth and its root. In addition to the jawbone erosion mentioned above, the loss of a tooth can also cause others to lose some of their structural support, causing them to shift out of alignment under the pressures of biting and chewing. This can place them at risk of more complex problems and a higher risk of being lost or needing extraction in the near future. Also, the diminishing impact on your jawbone structure can also affect the integrity of the oral and facial structures surrounding your dental ridge.
Your oral health depends on a lifelike restoration
The consequences of losing a tooth will permanently impact your smile one way or another. Fortunately, you can mitigate than impact and rebuild your smile with the right custom-designed restoration, preferably one that’s supported on a root-like dental implant post. The only way to continuously address the impacts of losing a tooth is to replace as much of its natural structure as possible. Only a dental implant can accomplish this by providing a prosthetic option for replacing the lost tooth’s root and addressing the potential impacts to your jawbone and other oral structures.
Learn how to deal with tooth loss successfully
There are many different consequences to losing a tooth, and they can continue to impact your smile in several ways if you don’t replace the tooth as soon as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.