A Long-Term Look at Tooth Loss and Dental Implants

The consequences of losing one or more teeth can continue to impact your smile even long after you’ve already dealt with it. Most traditional tooth replacement options, including conventional dental bridges and dentures, are designed to address most of these consequences, such as the change to your smile’s appearance and the impact to your bite’s functionality. However, without any structures to replace lost teeth roots, these restorations can’t successfully address all of the consequences of tooth loss. Today, we examine what this could mean for your smile long-term, and how dental implants could improve the immediate and future state of your oral health.

The long-term consequences of tooth loss

The consequences of losing the visible crowns of your teeth are among the most notable consequences. For example, these structures fill out your smile’s appearance, and losing one or more of them could have a highly visible impact on it. Also, your teeth’s crowns are the structures responsible for biting and chewing your food, enunciating your words when you speak, and much more. However, the long-term consequences aren’t always as obvious, and many evolve from the loss of the tooth’s root. This structure is responsible for supporting your tooth’s crown and stimulating your jawbone when you bite and chew.

The overall integrity of your oral health

When you lose the root of a tooth, the consequences can be more profound when it comes to the overall state of your oral health. For instance, the stimulation the root provides when you bite and chew is important to sustaining the flow of minerals and nutrients to your dental ridge that your jawbone and teeth rely on. When this stimulation is reduced, it can have a negative long-term impact on the overall health and integrity of your dental ridge. This can gradually have a visible affect on your smile, oral structures, and facial structures, as well as increase your risks of losing one or more teeth as they lose some of their natural support.

The continuing benefits of dental implants

While conventional dental bridges and dentures can restore the functions of your teeth’s crowns with optimal effectiveness, dental implants can offer the same level of restoration for your teeth’s roots. Dental implant posts are made from biocompatible titanium, which allows your jawbone to fuse to the posts after they’ve been inserted. This gives dental implants the ability to successfully restore your lost teeth roots and the functions they provided, which is a highly important long-term advantage to receiving dental implants.

Learn more about tooth loss and dental implants

Tooth loss can continue impacting your oral health long-term, and the comprehensive advantages of dental implants could be your best option for addressing it. 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.