There are some obvious things that result from tooth loss, and they’ll remain obvious for as long as you wait to replace your lost teeth. For example, your smile’s appearance will continue to be affected, as well the overall balance of your bite and, in some cases, your ability to pronounce all of your words clearly. There are also things you won’t realize at first, like the loss of your teeth roots, that can pose growing risks to your immediate and long-term oral health. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we can help you address all of the concerns surrounding tooth loss, both obvious and not, by designing an appropriate, highly customized dental implant restoration.
1. The long-term state of your oral health
In many cases, tooth loss is a late-stage symptom of a chronic dental health issue. In fact, severe gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults. After losing a tooth, though, the risks to your oral health will continue to skyrocket. Not only will your gum disease or other oral health condition get worse, but the loss of your tooth will create an entirely new set of problems for your smile. That includes increased risks of developing more concerns, including decay in one or more of your remaining teeth, or an imbalanced bite that leads to tooth damage.
2. Your bite’s ability function properly
The balance of your bite is important to how well it functions, and it’s also important to how well your teeth can take your bite’s pressure without sustaining wear or damage. When you lose one or more teeth, the layout of your teeth changes, and this causes your bite to become imbalanced. Your remaining teeth will automatically respond to the change in pressure, with those closest to the gap in your smile shifting to try and make up the difference. As your bite tries to accommodate the change, your jaw joints and muscles may also become exhausted and/or damaged, leading to difficulty opening and closing your bite.
3. Your ability to retain the rest of your teeth
Among the many different risks that tooth loss creates, one of the biggest ones is also one of the most discreet ones, at first. It involves the loss of your teeth roots and the diminished stimulation in your jawbone that results from it. This stimulation tells your body to send your jaw nutrients; when it diminishes, so does your jawbone’s nutrient supply, causing it to lose mass and density over time. As your jawbone grows weaker, your risks of losing more teeth grow higher, unless you replace the lost roots of your teeth with one or more dental implant posts.
Don’t wait to replace your lost teeth
The longer you wait to replace lost or extracted teeth, the more risks you expose your smile and oral health to. For more information, 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.