Tooth loss is one of the biggest oral health concerns that your dental care is designed to prevent. However, it’s still a concern for many people, and the fact that it’s so common can cause some to believe that losing one or more teeth is inevitable. Fortunately, it isn’t; with the right care and maintenance, you have a good chance at preventing the issues that most frequently lead to tooth loss. If you’ve already experienced tooth loss, then receiving an appropriate number of dental implants at our Ft. Worth, TX, office can help you preserve the healthy, natural teeth that still remain.
Preventive measures to avoid tooth loss
Before you ever need a dental implant, you can do a lot more to prevent tooth loss than you might realize. Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t a natural result of aging. For example, the most common reason why adults lose teeth is periodontitis, or severe gum disease. As it becomes severe, gum disease destroys the periodontal tissues and jawbone structure that support your teeth, making tooth loss or extraction inevitable. However, gum disease (and other chronic dental health conditions) can largely be prevented with consistently good hygiene practices and regular preventive care from your dentist.
Your risks if you’ve already lost a tooth
While gum disease is the most common cause of initial tooth loss, patients who’ve already lost one or more teeth are automatically at risk of losing more. That’s due to the many negative impacts that tooth loss can have on your oral health, including the loss of stimulation in your jawbone after your teeth have been uprooted. This causes your jawbone to become weaker and more teeth can lose their foundational support over time. Fortunately, you can reduce this risk by not only replacing your lost tooth, but also the root that supported it.
The best way to replace lost teeth
When you’ve already lost a tooth, taking steps to prevent further tooth loss is even more important. A superior way to do this is to rebuild your smile with a custom-designed, dental implant-supported restoration. The implant posts will replace your lost teeth roots and the stimulation your jawbone depends on, while also reestablishing your good oral health, your proper bite function, and your smile’s overall appearance.
Learn more about dental implants and tooth loss
Tooth loss isn’t as big of a problem as it used to be. Even if you can’t prevent it, you can mitigate the effects of a missing tooth with a lifelike dental implant. To learn more, 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.