Not every case of tooth loss is the same, and not everyone sees replacing their missing teeth as an immediate need. For example, many patients are motivated to rebuild their smiles because of how tooth loss has affected its appearance. Yet, if the teeth you’ve lost aren’t noticeable, then that may not be as much of a concern. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we advise patients not to hesitate when it comes to replacing their lost teeth, whether or not the loss is highly visible.
The impact on your life will get worse
Your teeth aren’t just accessories that make your smile attractive – they’re vital to your wellbeing, and are among the most used parts of your body. When you lose one, your bite’s function can suffer, making it more difficult for you to comfortably bite and chew your food. Depending on the tooth’s location, it can also affect your ability to enunciate your words clearly, and as time passes, the teeth nearby may shift toward the gap. These and many other impacts of tooth loss continue to grow more pronounced the longer the space in your smile remains empty.
Your risks of oral health issues rise
While the loss of a tooth can have a direct impact on your daily quality of life, it can also have an increasingly worse impact on the overall health and quality of your smile. Losing a tooth doesn’t lessen the impact of your bite, and with fewer teeth to absorb it, those that remain will be more likely to become worn down or damaged. As they grow weaker, your remaining teeth can also grow more susceptible to harm from oral bacteria, leading to tooth decay and cavities. The best way to mitigate these risks is to replace the tooth as soon as possible and restore your good oral health and bite balance.
You risk losing even more teeth
One of the more important impacts of tooth loss occurs within your jawbone and might not be immediately noticeable in your daily life. This is the loss of mass and density (or erosion) of your jawbone that results from the loss of your teeth roots. Without the roots in place to stimulate your jaw when you bite and chew, your body will immediately begin sending it fewer minerals and nutrients. This means your jawbone has less sustenance to support itself and your remaining teeth, which steadily increases your risks of losing more teeth in the future. However, if you replace your lost teeth as soon as possible with one or more dental implants, you can lessen or stop jawbone erosion and control your risks of further tooth loss.
Don’t wait to address your tooth loss
The longer you wait to replace your missing teeth, the greater the impact will likely be on your oral health and quality of life. To learn more about replacing your lost teeth with dental implants, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.