Adult tooth loss is a dental problem that is experienced by many. As the teeth age, they become especially vulnerable to severe decay and tooth loss. While the aesthetic flaws of tooth loss are obvious, there are more hidden dangers to consider when tooth loss has occurred. Missing teeth negatively affect oral functions and leave the remaining teeth – and a person’s overall oral health – vulnerable to damage. Because of the oral health dangers faced by his Fort Worth patients with missing teeth, Dr. Steve Brown offers dental implants treatment as a secure and reliable solution for tooth loss.
Dangers of Missing Teeth
While tooth loss is a devastating experience for most patients, some are hesitant to undergo treatment. In some cases, a patient would rather deal with the aesthetic effects of tooth loss than submit to restorative dental treatment. However, it is important for these patients to understand that the effects of tooth loss are not just cosmetic. When natural teeth are lost, a patient becomes vulnerable to a wide array of oral health problems, including the following:
- Collapse of adjacent teeth: Without all the teeth in place to support one another, the teeth in the mouth are likely to shift out of place. Patients who do not treat tooth loss are likely to have the teeth adjacent to those that have been lost cave in or collapse into the open space.
- Misalignment: If the remaining teeth shift or collapse as a result of bone loss, the bite will also be negatively affected. Patients with unaddressed tooth loss are likely to experience alignment issues.
- Bone loss: One of the most devastating effects of tooth loss is bone loss. The roots of the teeth serve to stimulate the bone and promote growth. Without this stimulation, the bone will lose density and will eventually result in a loss of support and facial structure.
- Decreased oral functions: Every oral function we perform is affected by tooth loss. Patients who experience tooth loss will find it more difficult to chew, eat, and speak. A decrease in these functions can result in lasting physical and emotional damage.
The more teeth that have been lost, the greater the oral problems that a patient will face. However, even the loss of just one tooth can compromise the overall health and structure of the mouth, which is why it is so important to treat tooth loss as soon as possible.
Treating Tooth Loss
Dr. Brown believes that the most effective treatment for tooth loss is dental implants. Dental implants are the only restorative solution that prevents all the problems associated with missing teeth. They are able to improve the aesthetics of the smile, maintain oral structure, and restore oral functions. Not only that, but implants are the only solution for missing teeth that also stimulates the jaw bone in order to promote new bone growth. Dental implants are a viable solution for most patients and can be a secure anchor for dental crowns, dental bridges, or dentures.
Schedule an Appointment
Do not let tooth loss damage the appearance of your smile or the health of your teeth and jaw. If you have experienced tooth loss, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steve Brown at your earliest convenience to discuss dental implant treatment. We can help you maintain the health, structure, and function of your mouth.